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Re: Cool French Phrases and use of language !!!

They embauchent in 47 too :-) But no débaucherie, which is a shame on so many levels.....
Be alert!! Your country needs lerts.....
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Re: Cool French Phrases and use of language !!!

@ Patf

I would translate 'cochonnerie' into English as "a big f***king mess"

Excuse the swearing, but I think that it is the best translation. LOL.

But it is in the top 10 words you need to learn and use in France.
ner ner nee ner ner!!
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Re: Cool French Phrases and use of language !!!

One of our neighbours, some years ago, in reference to someone else in the village said something like.."il pete plus haut que son cul"
he had to explain that he meant " he has ideas above his station"
I loved that, but not sure its cool.

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Betty, they embauche and débauche in 85 too...

"Péter des plombs" is a phrase I have heard a few times. I am guessing it means “totally flipped”.

I was thinking Chancer might be along soon to remind us about the exceedingly useful "eurrrrrrrrrh", that can be held as long as you like to keep your place in the conversation while you think of a riposte.
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Re: Cool French Phrases and use of language !!!

And "bof". It's in the dictionary. Such is its importance.
Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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Re: Cool French Phrases and use of language !!!

Thanks!  Now I know how to spell it!! Costaud - that is, great!  I find I need to see the word to remember it rather than just hear it!



Judith
ex W1, via 47 and 11 and now [just] in 34, equidistant from Carcassonne, Narbonne and Béziers, where I hope we'll finally stay!!

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Re: Cool French Phrases and use of language !!!

To be "pompette" - a bit squiffy.
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Re: Cool French Phrases and use of language !!!

"C'est pas normal" - its not right, for example a functionnaire is on a 2 hour lunch, or "fermature exceptionelle" after you have made a 2 hour drive to go to an office which should be open.

In my experience, its perfectly "normal" for these situations to arise on a regular basis!
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