The Italian word ponte means “bridge,” as in the Ponte Vecchio of Florence. In Italian, ponte now also denotes the Monday or Friday added to make for a long weekend. Other languages, such as German and Spanish, also make a similar use of their words meaning “bridge.” This is part of a complete episode.

  1. Janeite says:

    In French, the word for bridge, “le pont,” is used the same way. If a holiday falls on a Thursday, for example, you can “faire le pont” (make a bridge) by taking Friday off for an extra long weekend.

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