der Tresor

The other day, as I was idly looking through house rental listings, I came across this statement: Ein Tresor ist vorhanden. What is vorhanden — available? Treasure?!

I’ve always loved the word Tresor because it sounds so exciting and important, and it isn’t far off from what it sounds like, either. Der Tresor isn’t treasure, but it’s a treasure chest. In other words, der Tresor is a safe.

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