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How to name the quote character in French

What is the quote character called in French? I'm coming from a computer programming perspective and am writing technical documentation. I specifically mean the " character and not «/» (guillemet) ...
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Comment traduire « walk on eggshells » ?

En anglais, nous avons l'expression « walk on eggshells », qui veut dire « être diplomatique, prudent, essayer de ne pas offenser quelqu'un ». Quelle en serait une bonne traduction ?
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Comment traduire « to read about » en français ?

Comment traduiriez-vous la phrase suivante : We read about Austria in the next chapter. « Nous lisons au sujet de l'Autriche » est particulièrement hideux. Quelles suggestions proposez-vous pour ...
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Does 'bon marché' have the same connotation of “low quality” as 'cheap' in English

Somehow bon marché and économique sound positive to me, as some kind of praise. In English cheap has a connotation of not good. It can be used for an expensive thing but not well made. Am I just ...
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Where can I find a “Théorème du singe” pictorial representation? [closed]

There already exists in English an illustrated picture of Théorème du singe. I was wondering if I could find a similar one in French. I know it is somewhere out there in a random server's heap but I ...
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Translation of “user email” used in form fields in website

I have got the work to translate a website in French. I am a developer by profession so I do not know much about doing translations. I used Google Translate for this purpose but I am not sure as it ...
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An idiomatic phrasing for “though you wouldn't think it”

… though you wouldn't think it from the way they acted. Is there a French analogue of “though you wouldn't think it”?
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Comment dire « (email) mailing list » en français ?

Mon employeur a une « mailing list » d'email (de courriel pour les Québécois) pour discuter des questions de la langue et la culture française. Parfois, il y a des questions à propos de la « mailing ...
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Comment traduire « long shot »?

Dans les phrases anglaises suivantes : That's a bit of a long shot. It was a long shot, so it was no surprise we didn't get it. L'expression « long shot » représente quelque chose de peu ...
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How do you translate expressions like “The General is only as good as the soldiers that he commands”?

There is an expression in English in the form "The [blank] is only as good as the [blank]". An example below is The general is only as good as the soldiers that he commands. What is the proper ...
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How to say “Thank you for calling me back” in French?

I've looked around on various translation sites, but can't find a good translation for: Thanks for calling me back, or Thanks for returning my call. When you've left a message for someone ...
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Traduction de « Toy Block »

Je cherche à traduire l'anglais « toy block » en français. J'utiliserais spontanément le terme LEGO, mais je ne veux éviter tout nom de marque, il me faut un terme générique. « Jeu de construction de ...
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How to translate “lazy initialization”?

From wikipedia In computer programming, lazy initialization is the tactic of delaying the creation of an object, the calculation of a value, or some other expensive process until the first ...
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Are commas used less in French?

From what I've been reading lately, it seems like it is far less often appropriate in French to use commas than in English, where we sprinkle them over nearly every sentence. Of course I'm not saying ...
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Comment traduire « steep learning curve » ?

Pour parler de la difficulté d'acquisition d'une nouvelle connaissance/compétence, on utilise parfois en anglais l'expression steep learning curve. Comment traduire cette expression le plus ...
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Traduire « cover all loose ends »

Comment est-ce qu'on pourrait traduire l'expression anglaise « Cover all loose ends » ? J'ai pensé à « couvrir toutes les issues », mais je suis pas sûr. Signification: cover all loose ends in the ...
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Comment traduire « geek » en français ?

Quel serait le mot français qui traduirait le plus fidèlement le mot geek ?
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Traduction « streaming »

Je cherche à éviter le terme anglais « streaming » pour parler d'un service qui fonctionne en flux réseau plutôt que par téléchargement. Or, je trouve, que « en flux » sonne très mal.
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Translations of the word “memory”

Can someone explain how to properly translate the term "memory" for different contexts? I.e. "A memory of walking in the park" vs. "I have an excellent memory." Are souvenir and mémoire the proper ...
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How would you translate “test subject” in French?

I need to translate test subject as in "a person that is being subject to a test or experiment" but I can't seem to find a proper French equivalent. The only word that really comes to mind is cobaye, ...
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How would you refer to “legacy code” in French?

The best way to describe what I mean by "Legacy code" comes from this website That stuff that other people wrote. They've all since left the company, [or worse, they're still here but not ...
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What does “Il faut manger moins de fromage que de pain” mean?

Yesterday one of my French colleagues said that "Il faut manger moins de fromage que de pain." I've been googling this French proverb but I couldn't find any deep meaning under this sentence; does ...
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How to express Switch to stand-by and Switch off in french?

I'm looking for the words to express 'Switch to stand-by' and 'Switch off' (i.e. power completely off) in French?
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What does “Shershe la fam” exactly mean?

Can anyone explain the meaning of "Shershe la fam" phrase. I know this phrase written incorrectly, but it sounds very closely to this one. Thanks
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What is an effective word for not being attentive?

What is a good translation for not being attentive? Examples could be: Je n'étais pas [attentive] dans ma classe de Chimie or Si tu n'étais pas [attentive] sur la rue, tu peux être dans un ...
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How to translate “Be there or be square”?

En voulant annoncer au monde entier ma soirée, j’ai voulu traduire “Be there or be square” en français mais je ne trouve pas d’équivalent. Une idée ?
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Traduction de « to make sense »

Dans les discussions que j'ai déjà eues, « It makes sense. » exprime à la fois le fait que l'interlocuteur comprend et que cela veut effectivement dire quelque chose. De même « It does not make sense ...
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How to translate “It serves you right”?

“It serves you right” is used when what you get is a result of your actions. How can I say it in French?
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« Tu fais un copier-coller » ou bien « Tu copies-colles » ?

Dernièrement en essayant d'expliquer à mes parents comment faire un copy/paste sur leur PC, je me suis trouvé assez confus sur la façon d'exprimer cette notion. Bien sûr ils ne comprennent pas ...
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Ironic constructions in French

As part of my masters in linguistics, I am taking a course on the subject of irony. We were given examples of sentences that are most likely ironic, as the English sentence “he is not exceptionally ...
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Traduction appropriée de « get this task out the door »

Dans mon entreprise précédente, un de mes collègues employait toujours l'expression « to get this task out the door », dans le contexte de la fin d'un projet. La traduction la plus proche que j'ai ...
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Que veut dire l'expression « make sure that all i's are dotted and t's crossed » ? [closed]

J'ai entendu plusieurs fois cette expression, mais je n'arrive pas à trouver une traduction Française qui reflète le sens (dont je ne suis pas totalement sûr moi-même). De la façon dont je le vois, ...
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Homeoarchy en français

En anglais, le terme « homeoarchy » désigne le fait que deux lignes consécutives d'un texte commencent par le même mot, amenant le copiste (ou le lecteur) à sauter une ligne à la lecture : Quel est ...
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Why is there a “ne” here? [duplicate]

This question is a duplicate of: J'ai bien peur que tu n'aies raison : faut-il mettre le mot « ne »? I'm reading a novel, here's part of it: Tout ...
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Which are the French expressions close to “Being Pissed”?

It's really common to use the slang “Pissed” in English. For example, “He gets pissed really fast”, “I am pissed with him” etc. What are the common expressions equivalent of “Piss”?
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Use of “Vie sociale”

Like in English “He doesn't have a social life”, is it normal to say in French “il n'a pas une vie sociale“? What is a better phrase for the same type of expression?
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What is an appropriate translation for “Forever the Odd One Out”?

I'm doing a project on Quebec's changing political influence in Canada. I thought it would be interesting if the title one part would be in French, and the other in English. I eventually came up ...
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Traduction de « effectiveness » — « efficacité » ou « effectivité » ?

Une collègue m'a demandé récemment de relire une traduction, dans laquelle elle utilisait le mot « effectivité » (pour effectiveness). Spontanément, je voulais lui recommander d'utiliser plutôt « ...
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Short for “contact address” in French

Is there a shorter translation to “contact address” other than “l'adresse à laquelle nous pouvons vous contacter”?
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Is there a good French equivalent for “wingman”?

I do not mean a "wingman" in the definition of being a pilot, I believe that would be "un ailier." I am looking for the definition of "wingman" in the sense of a fellow man who helps you pick up ...
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Difference between “la ligne,” “le rang,” “la rangée”?

I'm trying to understand how to refer to “a row” of something in French. Also, what preposition goes with this, and what verb? For instance, in English we might say: The ducks were sitting in a ...
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Traduction française de « plug-in estimator »

Existe-t-il une traduction française du terme anglais « plug-in » utilisé en statistique ? Par exemple, « plug-in estimator » signifie « estimateur obtenu à partir de la distribution empirique ». ...
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Traduire « pettifogging »

En anglais pettifogging est défini comme étant « Placing undue emphasis on petty details » et « to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters ». Quel mot français pourrais être utilisé ...
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Signification de “slope” dans le langage informatique [closed]

Lu sur un autre forum 1° Aveu d'ignorance : Nobody knows what the slope of the line means 2° Utilisation d'une inconnue : A steeper distribution [larger magnitude of the slope] suggests a ...
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“Fancy” as an adjective

In two cases I seem to be unable to find the right translation for fancy into French. A fancy camera A fancy hotel It mustn't be so hard to understand but I'm quite hazy about what's meant there ...
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Looking for a French translation for “ornament”

Title says it all. Like a christmas tree ornament, what would you call it?
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How does one say, “take someone under your wing” in French?

A literal translation might be "prendre quelqu'un sous ton aile." But the English version is an idiomatic expression that probably doesn't translate directly into French. So what is the closest French ...
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Technical lingo: How to say “higher order function”

In programming a "higher order function" is a function that does at least one of two things: take a function as a argument returns a function Given that I have interviews coming up shortly, what's ...
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How to say “gawker” in French?

Sorry I don't have much context, all I have is this definition from Wiktionary: gawker: Someone who gawks, someone who stares stupidly How to translate this word to French? (There might be ...