Is there an expression in French that is analogous to the English whoops a daisy? I'm asking about an old-fashioned expression that would be used nowadays to express having made a small mistake, for example, dropping something on the floor.

I found on this forum that it might be houp-là, but I'm not sure if this expression can be also used in the small mistake context, or is just a reaction for lifting something.

  • It is an interjection, so to find its equivalent, first locates its context, and its field of use ! – Bo Halim Jan 8 '17 at 17:08
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    Informations sur l'origine. – user3177 Jan 8 '17 at 17:41

My grandmother would use something like

Flûte !

Sapristi !


Often found in Hergé's Tintin:


might have this old-school sound to it.


To do it in pure Gallic fashion:


  • I do not actually agree with that. Originally, whoops a daisy is used in a context with children. I would personally avoid merde alors with children. Would it sound more Gallic. – aCOSwt Nov 26 '19 at 13:19

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