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Re: tough/ tender minded

Tough ..... Etre dur (Vous etes dur vous)....as in severe in attitude, behaviour etc.
Tender ....... Etre une chique molle (we don't like chiques molles).
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Re: tough/ tender minded

Thanks Eric - so there is the same concept in France. I don't know what a chique is though.
While I'm here, can someone translate "mais on s'en fiche, de qui tu es!" From Pico again.
The verb ficher and se ficher seems to have several vague meanings.

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PatF wrote : mais on s'en fiche, de qui tu es!

Se ficher means to not give a damn, to not care less, to not be bothered about.

Sue
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Re: tough/ tender minded

That fits the story nicely - thanks.

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Re: tough/ tender minded

You will also find on s'en fout  but s'en foutre is rather stronger . A bit like 'I don't give a toss'   with the same undertone..

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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