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    Smile from the lunar side

    Hello. Would you please explain the underlined part?
    I guess it means "hers was very different from normal spoken French."
    Am I right? Thank you.

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    Her speech is the most extraordinary sound I've ever heard.
    I have a good ear for accents and hers was from the lunar side of normal spoken French.
    Full of elongated rolling Rs and elaborate throat-clearings with an unusual clipped, patronizing phrasing, her speech reminded me of my meanest French teacher.

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    Re: from the lunar side

    You understand the phrase correctly.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: from the lunar side

    The moon is often associated with insanity.

    The word lunatic comes from lunar.

    The word loony comes both from lunar and from loon, a bird that makes a crazy sound:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfAZYCTz9Zo
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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