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

LOL, Lehaut! So true!
And the "fermeture..." notice sometimes finishes with "Merci de votre compréhension" in lieu of apology, which can raise the annoyance level another notch.


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

how about
maigre comme une bicyclette
or
maigre comme un clou

and I used to love learning kid's slang from my sons and their pals
fastoche instead of  facile

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

"Nids de poule en formation"

Have seen that on a proper road sign by the side of the effected area. If you have kept chickens, its very apt.
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" the "fermeture..." notice sometimes finishes with "Merci de votre compréhension" in lieu of apology"
But I think you need to look at that as an apology, since it's the standard equivalent of "apologies for any inconvenience". It's an acknowledgment that they are unavoidably causing a degree of inconvenience and relying on their clients to understand.
When I go away, I put "merci de votre compréhension" at the end of my French away message and "Apologies for any inconvenience" at the end of my English away message. I actually prefer the French, because why the heck should I apologise for going on holiday or having to travel to an assignment, why should anybody apologise every time something crops up and disrupts the expected routine, it's not like they did anything wrong.
I think the convention for apologising is simply something the English and French do differently.
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We have had this one before: trou en formation, which means holes in training, which metamorphose in nid de poule as soon as they are trained. The imagination boggles; imagne what would happen if the trainers went on strike, would they simply be nid de poulet, or just unconverted trous, left all alone, stuck between two worlds.
How many fonctionnaires does it take to train one trou

Overheard in the vets today from a rather mutton painted as lamb lady who had a charming King Charles puppy; J’ai eu plusieurs cavaliers. I could not contain my self at this and let out a chortle. The vet turned away to hide his laughter. The lady smiled, then said with aplomb pas mal, pas mal.
Too thick for a PhD!
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 EuroTrash wrote:
" the "fermeture..." notice sometimes finishes with "Merci de votre compréhension" in lieu of apology" But I think you need to look at that as an apology, since it's the standard equivalent of "apologies for any inconvenience". It's an acknowledgment that they are unavoidably causing a degree of inconvenience and relying on their clients to understand. When I go away, I put "merci de votre compréhension" at the end of my French away message and "Apologies for any inconvenience" at the end of my English away message. I actually prefer the French, because why the heck should I apologise for going on holiday or having to travel to an assignment, why should anybody apologise every time something crops up and disrupts the expected routine, it's not like they did anything wrong. I think the convention for apologising is simply something the English and French do differently.

I agree, ET.  And some apologies can't possibly have any meaning, as in:  we apologise for the slave trade that was common, we apologise for what happened during the second world war, we apologise for what we as a nation did in 1815.

Too many apologies that are just so many empty words.  If someone did something to "wrong" me, I don't want an apology; I'd rather they did something to put it right.  And if that were not possible, then no amount of apologising is going to make me feel betterIck! [+o(]

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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 mint wrote:
Too many apologies that are just so many empty words.  If someone did something to "wrong" me, I don't want an apology; I'd rather they did something to put it right.  And if that were not possible, then no amount of apologising is going to make me feel betterIck! [+o(]

Hmm suprise,suprise. I make no apologies for this but I'm with you on this one mint. Woot! <img src=">

Here's one to mull: 'Mon aéroglisseur est plein d'anguilles'.

A friend in need's a pest. Get rid.
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