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Re: For Sweet 17 and other word-lovers

 You can call me Betty wrote:
Mille sabords!
It probably only exists in Tintin and I think in English it becomes "blistering barnacles" although that's not a literal translation!

The 'mille sabords'  is an annual event which takes place not far from us every autumn where second hand boats are on sale. It is quite an occasion usually lasting 3 or 4 days and thousands of people arrive en masse.

http://www.lemillesabords.com/actualite-96-le-mille-sabords.html

Sue


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Re: For Sweet 17 and other word-lovers

 You can call me Betty wrote:
Sorry, Frecossais, I'm not well read at all, just playing! Mille Sabords is Captain Haddock's staple exclamation in Tintin. It has many variations:
Mille sabords!
Mille milliers de mille sabords!
Mille milliers de mille sabords de tonnerre de Brest!

and many others in similar vein. It probably only exists in Tintin and I think in English it becomes "blistering barnacles" although that's not a literal translation!

There's a neat exchange also in one of the Tintin books where Dupont and Dupond (the Thompson Twins, if you're more familiar with the English version) find a gold nugget - une pepite. Their exchanges in the books often involve spoonerisms or similar, and one of them gets a bit tongue tied and says "saperlipepite, une popette!"

My dictionary gives sabord as "port(hole)", mille sabords! as "shiver my timbers!"

 


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Re: For Sweet 17 and other word-lovers

It's also a bookshop (and a restaurant) in La Rochelle, another goodness knows how many restaurants and seaside shops all over FranceBig Smile [:D] The Mille Sabords boat salon started in the 80's, IIRC, so I guess it took its name from Tintin, too.Wink [;-)]

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