| You can call me Betty wrote:|
I love that one!
As with all new words you are often left with a complete understanding of when and where it is said but as for translating it, well thats another matter.
Of course avoir la trouille probably means nothing of the sort but the word cunjures a vision to me of an uncontrollable and reflexive tightening of the sphincter muscles in the way that anyone who has driven a really low slung sports car like a Caterham gets when they see a speed bump or pothole at the very last minute.
Every time I hear the word spoken relating an experience my muscles twitch in sympathy