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degree of "awfulness"

Seeing as there has recently been some new threads on the French Language Forum, I feel encouraged to present for your consideration a few words relating to "awfulness" or "horribleness" and invite people to grade them from 1 to 12, increasing in er...degrees Smile [:)]

Here then is the list and mind you do your homework sooner rather than later because I shall be back to check your answers when I return from the gym Geeked [geek]

1) affolement

2) appréhension

3}effroi

4) frayeur

5) inquiétude

6) frousse

7) trac

8) épouvante

9) horreur

10) alarm

11) phobie

10) panique

So....over to you....alors!

Edit:  oops, pardon, for alarm read alarme!

 


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: degree of "awfulness"

Well, regardless, it is a bit like jolie, beau etc, they are largely interchangable and depend on the personality of the user. Thus, say, a matronly Welsh housewife might well make a difference but ados would not, except that they do tend to user version where possible as they are lazy little horreurs, easily prone to la trac and des phobies as well as horreurs, but the rest are far too long!Kiss [kiss]
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: degree of "awfulness"

Guess nobody is particularly interested in how awful things can get!  Can't say I blame them.

Moi, I shall try hard not to paniquer even if things get really épouvantale!

And mind who you call "matronly".......Stick out tongue [:P]


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: degree of "awfulness"

Thought that would get you awake , ol gal!
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: degree of "awfulness"

You can't half go off some people really quickly!
N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: degree of "awfulness"

Well said Chuckles!
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: degree of "awfulness"

Ooh, gosh, very subtle, amd some I had never heard of (frousse, for example).
FWIW here is my suggestion

Inquietude
Apprehension
Trac
Alarm
Frayeur
Affolement
Frousse
Effroi
Alarm
Phobie
Panique
Horreur

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Re: degree of "awfulness"






Immediately comes to mind  ...........affreuse, atroce, terrible and dégoûtant.



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