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Coucou

My French friend has recently begun to use the term "coucou" in her emails. It seems to be a form of Hello - Hi  perhaps? Anyone know anything about its origins or use?

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To faire un petit coucou is to say hello.  Odile, who is alas no longer with us, used to say that when she came on the Forum (especially on Frenchie's "French" thread).

I think it's a bit better than when we say "Coooeeee!" in English.  That always sounds a bit irritating to my ear.  And my natural response (which I suppress, of course!) is What do you want now?


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hi ok

   http://french.about.com/od/vocabulary/g/coucou.htm

                  Dave


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I always say it to very young kids if they come up to me.

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Thanks for your responses. I'll try it out in writing before I say it to anyone, somehow I feel a bit hesitant about using it. Don't know why.

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Maybe I'm imagining everybody responding to my "coucou" the way you do to Coo-ee, Sweet17. Nice you are able to control your reaction though.

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We all coucou our female friends here...verbally and in emails....seems normal to me.

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I use it all the time
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