Mint - strange you've mentioned blinde. I belong to a WW2 forum and not long ago found out there that it means armoured vehicles. I still don't know the connection. a very strange word.
Blinder means armour, evidently.
Although we're back in the UK I still read La Depeche online everyday to try to keep up with a bit of the language. I'm still not good on listening and understanding.
I have a friend here from Paris and when she realises I can speak a bit of french she starts gabbling away really fast and I hardly understand any of it. It's a pity because I can see she feels isolated because her english isn't too good.
ps here's another good one I found on ladepeche today - ras le bol. sick and tired of. No idea of the origin.