When Charles deGaulle decided to retire from public life, the American ambassador and his wife threw a gala dinner party in his honor.
At the dinner table, the ambassador's wife was talking with Madame deGaulle :
- Your husband has been such a prominent public figure, such a presence on the French and international scene for so many years ! How quiet retirement will seem in comparison. What are you most looking forward to in these retirement years ?
- A penis, replied madame deGaulle.
A huge hush fell over the table. Everyone heard her answer, and no one knew what to say next. Le Grand Charles leaned to his wife and said :
- Ma cherie, I believe zee Americans pronounce zat word : "happiness".