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lucy1 15th March 2013 06:54 PM

French expressions.
 
This morning, I had coffee with my French neighbour - male. We discussed my recent visit to meet the new village mayor. I said he was not at all friendly towards me and had spoken to me in rocket speed French. I laughed saying i would not go out of my way to meet him again. My neighbour leaned back in his chair and said "Il a un visage comme une porte de prison" - that man he has the face of a prison door. I have to admit I have laughed all afternoon about it - a perfect description.

To date this is my favourite and I am sure you all have even better ones.

DejW 15th March 2013 09:30 PM

At the risk of lowering the tone of this esteemed forum, I rather like:

Il pète plus haut que son cul

Literal translation - He farts higher than his arseh**e

It has the meaning of "having ideas above his station".

French can be very crude, but in this case I think it works well.

DejW

nicolero 19th March 2013 10:15 PM

A funny expression for me is "ça me fait une belle jambe" (I couldn't care less)

Check out the story behind it, it's a very interesting one
Le dictionnaire des expressions françaises décortiquées - Signification, Origine, Histoire, Étymologie, Encyclopédie - Faire une belle jambe

Nicoleta

jenniferlynn 20th March 2013 02:05 PM

Lucky
 
My favourite: "avoir le cul bordé de nouilles".

Means to be lucky...origine uncertain.


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