Is there a French word or, preferably, a suitably obscure French phrase or expression to describe this condition?
And what has prompted this question, I hear you ask. Well, you can blame NickP. I have boasted to him that if I found someone stupid, I wouldn't let on.
I now think that it might be useful to mutter something in French under my breath so as not to give the game away
That is, of course, if I am talking about English-speaking people If I am talking about French people, there isn't the same problem as I know dozens of ways of saying the unspeakable in English
Yes, let's hope someone comes along and gives us something to be going on with.
I say someone is a "blaireau" or "le roi des andouilles" if I want to say they are stupid or haven't got a clue. But I do want to get the sense of "cringe". Surely, the French can do cringe as well as the Brits, but, the question is, do they have a word for it?
Il me débecte is all I can come up with.
"Il (elle) me fait grincer des dents" - I like that, Norman. So, "Cringe-making" would be "à faire grincer des dents".
It could possibly be also "à donner la chair de poule", but you might say that about something that is a little scary.
Christine, for me, "Il me débecte" rather means "Il me dégoûte" or "Il me donne envie de vomir"?
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