WORD OF ZE MONTH "Rateau" (Sounds like “Chateau”, “Bateau”, or “Blotto”) Meaning: A rake. Good implement for gardening or starting a revolution in the absence of other arms. Uses: Passer le rateau – to rake the ground. Moustache en rateau – to have a big bushy upper lip (think Magnum P.I.). Se prendre un rateau – when a would-be suitor is sharply turned away by his would-be damsel.