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Re: How are your efforts to "learn more French" working out?

Well, I've used, and heard used, the expression for donkeys years. I never saw it as being overly "strong", but I was on a bit of a roll with my etymological investigations so I thought I'd check, and lo:
"En avoir ras-le-bol. Origine: Expression française très usitée et mais reste vulgaire et obscène et pour cause: Le terme bol désigne bien un récipient mais reste attesté en argot avec le sens de "anus" où "cul" (sic...just in case you thought I'd typed it out that way!)

Who knew?
Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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Goody, goody, so many INTERESTING comments; I am deffo NOT ras le bol!  I also do not think it is particularly rude.  In fact I went to a book-signing where the book was called ras le bol and the author was a respectable middle-of-the-road white-haired chap with twinkling eyes.

He read extracts of the book to us.  It was a series of anecdotes about ras le bol situations where the descriptions tended to the funny rather than the vulgar or angry.  I didn't understand much French in those days and I didn't buy the book because I thought he was trying to write like Philippe Delerme and failing as he wasn't as funny.  Besides, I couldn't afford 12 euros!Smile [:)]

BinB, so tell us what is the origin of "tank", please?

GG, I was wondering whether you could use blindé in a more general way than armoured car and now you have told me about locks that are blindées, so thanks for that.

Actually, what I noted about les gaz lacrymogènes was that gaz is one of those words that are the same in the singular and the plural:  so le gaz, les gaz but les and lacrymogènes need to accord.

I have also noted on many occasions that Proper Nouns also remain the same in the singular and the plural.  So, Madame Mint but les Mint (no "s") to refer to M. et Madame Mint or indeed to la famille Mint (LOL, the family mint, I rather like that!)

Then there are the nouns which only exist in the plural.  So les toilettes (to refer to one bog or any number of bogs) and les retrouvailles ( even if only one meeting).

Other unguessable words are cachet and comprimé .  I do know the meaning now, of course, but certainly they puzzled me immensely when I first came to live in France.  Anyway, I now know any number of medical terms....... acquired through much suffering and indignity, I might addWoot! [:-))]

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Good googling here.

For PatF/Mints, with your interest on this thread for military/WW2 things can people find where the myth that "carrots can make you see in the dark" comes from.

NB my middle son told me and I felt it so bizarre that I had to use google. Google collaborated so it must be right.

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Yonner - that is classed as modern language. Will become classic in only a few years time in some experts views.
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http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-don1.htm
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I was trying to point out that there need not be a direct link to what the French call a bit of military hardware and the root of other things with the same name. However, as a definition of the French word blindé is armoured, reinforced or bullet-proof there’s no real confusion anyway. (Collins-Robert concise dictionary)
The English word tank comes from the need for secrecy during the manufacturing process of the original models. They were so top secret that the workers who made the reinforced, riveted plate were told that they were making parts for special (water) tanks. The name stuck.
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BnB - who will get the carrots myth first?
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 richard51 wrote:
BnB - who will get the carrots myth first?

I'm just wondering which of you will be the first to come up with the old chestnut about rabbits not wearing glasses.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956

Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!
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