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To the extent that “nailed it” can mean “spot-on,” you could use “{être} En plein dans le mille” [here sarcastically] for the doughnut caption (from ‘Reverso’), but negating this for the Londoner example would be awkward, so for that you could consider “{être toujours} à côté de la plaque” (also from ‘Reverso’). "Aussi doués qu'ils puissent être, il y a un ...


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You cannot really use the same word to translate "to nail" in both "As good as they may be, there's an aspect Londoners cannot quite nail" and the picture, because they carrying different meaning. In the sentence, it means "to understand something/to get the meaning of something right", and corresponding slang would be "capter" or "piger". Depending on the ...


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Voir ce site. Comme a noté Toto, je ne connais pas non plus d'argot pour « aujourd'hui », mais je vois souvent sous forme de SMS « auj » et comme a dit Random, « ajd ».


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If you're looking for slang/real life oral French, a close approximation to "I nailed it" would be "J'ai tout déchiré". It's the kind of thing one would answer to a friend (not to a superior) when asked "How did your exam/job interview go?". For the meme specifically, I guess in French we'd rather use "Excellent", "Parfait", "Impeccable", or variants like ...


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Some further suggestions: il y a un aspect qui échappe toujours aux londoniens il y a un aspect qui reste hors de portée des londoniens il y a un aspect que les londoniens ne maîtrisent pas As for "nailed it, "parfait" might work, or "parfaite maîtrise".


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I can't think of a direct translation to "nailed it", but "trop fort" might be a close substitute. It also works in the negative, as in "les londoniens ne sont pas trop forts au ____". I'm not sure how common it may be in France, but in Quebec it'll work fairly similarly.


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Considering the most up-voted definition available in the Urban Dictionary "you completed a task successfully or got something right . ie :You nailed it to the cross", the closest translation would be réussi / nickel / parfait ! with "to nail" = réussir. Aussi doués qu'ils puissent être, il y a quelque chose que les londoniens ne peuvent pas réussir.


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For the last sentence, "saisir" carry the meaning, without the familiar register: Aussi doués qu'ils soient, il y a un aspect que les londoniens ne saisiront jamais. (As good as they may be, there's an aspect Londoners will never truly succeed to understand/achieve) The expression "avoir tout bon / avoir tout juste" is more familiar and is less linked ...


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Though "aujourd'hui" is quite long for sure, it is very spread and there is no real alternative to it. Get used to type it, because you'll do it a lot. "auj." could work, but this abbreviation is a bit short, and isn't used that much, so you would need a context that makes really clear you're referring to a day. I've never read "ajd.". Don't use that. You ...


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Les mots familiers ou d'argot portent rarement sur des termes techniques ou précis comme le temps, des mesures. Ils portent sur des qualificatifs (avec tout ce que cela peut avoir de péjoratif), sur des verbes (toubib, d'origine étrangère en fait), et sur des mots communs d'usage très fréquent (bagnole, ...). en revanche, on peut trouver des diminutifs, ...


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For what seems to be your main question, “cerner” (D. 2) comes very close in terms of figurative and literal meaning alike. Aussi doués qu'ils peuvent être, il y a un aspect que les Londoniens n’arriveront jamais vraiment à cerner. Concerning the sarcastic use, I would go for “ça c'est fait”, a well-known meme-ish locution which would be identically ...


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"Mettre le doigt sur quelque chose" could be used for "getting something right". Aussi doués qu'ils puissent être, il y a un aspect sur lequel les londoniens n'arrivent pas vraiment à mettre le doigt. You also keep the figurative meaning of "pinning something somewhere".


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I can also thing of another way, in the same manner as duck cake pic, saying 'Nickel !', like the metal, is a short way of expressing a spotless victory, something done without errors.



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