Arnon Grunberg

Certain French words

Correct translation

Since the fall of 2002 every Tuesday and Friday (when I'm in NY) I go the upper west side for French classes.
Sometimes the professor – who is really more of a friend than a professor - and I are struggling to find the correct English translation for certain French words.
Today we were wondering what exactly “la charnière” is in English. We had to use the dictionary to find the correct translation. (hinge)
All the time that I have been living in New York I cannot remember having used the word “hinge.” The same goes by the way for the word “chisel.”