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

Ah good, I am delighted to hear that.

I'll not say that vieux schnocks cannot be 'difficult', but I would say that vieille biques are usually worseWhistles [Www]


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

 idun wrote:
  ... vieille biques ...

 

a.k.a.  :  punaises de sacristie    


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

 

l'aiffircance said:   

a.k.a.  :  punaises de sacristie    

 

 

Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

New one on me that l'aiffricane, although I understand it completely!


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

But that only applies to the devout ones, who were also called "les dames patronesses" by Jacques Brel.
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Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

Yes, we had a few who would suit that description in our village. Always a l'eglise and then vicious, and nasty when they were with other than themselves or the Curé.
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Re: How does one translate 'bully'into French?

I think I prefer that in French there is no definitive word for "bullying".  For me the word has become devalued in the last years, and it is now used to describe many behaviours ranging from the pig ignorant to the truly vile.
The French words given on this thread describe the kind of acts that in a sense make up our idea of what bullying behaviour consists of.
I'm probably not explaining myself very well, but I remember as a teacher investigating allegations of bullying at school by trying to find out what was done to the complainant. Intimidation or threats or exclusion or physical force or verbal insults were some of the acts committed, and it was far more profitable to be specific when addressing the behaviour of the perpetrators.

Is bullying against the law? Or is it all the kinds of behaviour that constitute bullying that are prosecuted? We should be specific about what we are condemning in my view.   

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