Questions concernant l'équivalent français d'une expression ou d'un idiome en provenance d'une autre langue.

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How do you tackle 'adjective overload' when translating to French?

In English, you can happily pile on adjectives before a noun (e.g. the big fat ugly green alien), in French, not so much. On top of that, in French some adjectives go before and others afterwards (I ...
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Vocabulaire du « punting »

À Oxford et Cambridge, nous avons une activité nautique qui s'appelle « punting ». On a un petit bateau en bois, une longue perche avec laquelle on pousse sur le fond du cours d'eau, et on fait une ...
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What is the French word for linguistic “borrowing” or “loanword” that came from English?

In English we call a word originally from a foreign language a "borrowing" or "loanword". What is/are the French term(s) for words that came into French from another language? Also, is there a word ...
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Traduire « to shrug »

Le verbe anglais shrug ne semble pas avoir un équivalent français. Ainsi, que dit-on quand on veut porter la connotation du mot anglais shrug, en français? En particulier, je voudrais savoir comment ...
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Traduire « NSFW »

Éternel pourvoyeur de néologismes casse-tête à traduire, Internet a rendu l'usage de "NSFW" (Not safe for work) absolument standard, y compris dans des communications quasi-formelles. Existe-t-il un ...
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What's the French equivalent for “stick out like a sore thumb”?

In English, if something is egregiously out of place, it can be said that it is “sticking out like a sore thumb”. Example: I was so bad at playing football and they were all professionals; I ...
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Does “en” always carry roughly the same meaning as “in”, or might it need to be paraphrased?

In many French sentences, the word "en" seems to be directly translatable as "in", for example: Je habite en France. (I live in France) On peut parler en japonais. (One can speak in Japanese) ...