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Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

opprobrio est alicui si  KICKEROO
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Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

I have to agree with WB etc, although it pains me to do so Stick out tongue [:P]

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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Big Smile [:D]

Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

<BLOCKQUOTE><table width="85%"><tr><td class="txt4"><img src="/cs/Themes/default/images/icon-quote.gif">&nbsp;<strong>Christine Animal wrote:</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="quoteTable"><table width="100%"><tr><td width="100%" valign="top" class="txt4"><P>Chacun pour soi?</P>
<P>Ne pas se laisser marcher sur les pieds?</P>
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Thank you for those ( and 5 element too), the second phrase is a nicer , more diplomatic way of putting it perhaps? The first I can more readily identify such behaviours.
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I have certainly been told at the accueil in shops in France that everyone lies. Been given suspicious looks when I have said I was being truthful, what with my little smile and look of hope, just to help the proceedings along you understand, and have often been given the benefit of the doubt. Which I should have been incidentally, as it goes against the grain to try it on.

It's true all these things are taught and/or simply picked up when children. That is why I always take all the bisous and bonschewer's with a pinch of salt, they are learned politesse and  someone quite possibly could half run you over with a caddy if you are in their way, just after being ever so friendly.

I remember a very nice english bloke we used to know and would go skiing with. I soon picked up that to get on the ski lift, I had to keep moving forward, with wriggles and wiggles and a little shouldering too would help to get to that goal. I could be up and down a slope several times and he would only be half way down the queue, commenting how rude everyone was (me includedBlush [:$]).


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Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

Mmm food for thought.

I am off to the Arab market now, there you absoluteley have to have to charge your way through like a rugby player, nobody bats an eyelid although why people with extended familes still insist on walking abreast holdinh hands or pick the most narrow passages to have a gathering I dont quite know,it dose lend to the flavour though.

My worry is that even though it goes against the grain I am now used to pushing my way through, i might well end up being decked for doing it in the UK.

I completely agree about the learned politesse having zero value, even after the loudest of diusputes or after having been completed shafted by whomever the victim and the aggressor will usually part with "une bonne journée" etc. I try to use "je vous remercie, - pour rien" but it never seems to be understood.


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Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

I think I prefer that to a big friendly smile, very friendly conversation, knowing all about each other in five minutes, then a nasty remark as soon as your back is turned.  At least there is no false smarm.

It takes all sorts.  Of course there are those who rush to get there first with their trolleys.  But then they wait patiently without complainng when someone chats at the caisse or can't find their check book as the credit card won't work.  Also, I usually have a very big trolley full overflowing with pet food, etc. and often there is someone just behing me clutching two or three items in their arms, quite prepared to wait.  I always tell them to pass in front of me and they uually quite timidly say "no, it's all right" and when I insist they finally sneak past as if they feel a little guilty and thank me again when they have paid.  Then often another one turns up and is ready to stand patiently behind. Once I let three through and it became quite a joke!   Smile [:)]

 


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Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

 Christine Animal wrote:

  But then they wait patiently without complainng when someone chats at the caisse or can't find their check book as the credit card won't work.   

Devil [6]I thought that that was obligatoire in France,  get to the check out and then start looking for your money or whatever or simply pass the time of day. That along with the check out personnel working at the speed of striking slugs, or maybe that is just where I used to live.

 

I forgot one thing one day and went back in. The Maire and his horrible wife had a trolley stacked up high and I had one thing. They looked at me with my one thing and my ready money and didn't bat an eye lid, and put all their stuff through and I waited patiently. IF they had done the decent thing, I would probably have perdue connaissance. Absolutely awful people the pair of them.


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Get behind me next time Idun!   Big Smile [:D]

 


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"Saving the life of one animal may not change the world, but the world will surely change for that one animal"

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