What is the meaning of, "très peu pour moi" and how is it used?

I thought it conveyed a kind of scorn for something, or that it was a way of dismissing something or someone. For example:

Les maths, très peu pour moi.

Le verlan, très peu pour moi.

Brennan, Clapper, des gens comme ça, très peu pour moi.

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    Jan 20, 2017 at 15:43

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I am not feeling the scorn, personally, although there is probably some irony or indignation in it. This expression means that you don't want to go along, or are not agreeing, or won't do or use something.

Looking at your examples:

Les maths, très peu pour moi → I do not like or am not very good at maths

Le verlan, très peu pour moi → I do not understand or don't like verlan

Brennan, Clapper, des gens comme ça, très peu pour moi → I do not like these people

  • Your pronouns are kind of confusing. Isn't it better to write "I do not like math / I am not very good at math", rather than using "you" ? Jan 21, 2017 at 19:23
  • OK, sure. I'll edit.
    – Frank
    Jan 21, 2017 at 19:53

It means "I really don't like it", "I'm not interested in it", it's rather formal. It can also mean (for math or verlan for example) that you don't understand it, you're not good at it. (Usually if you don't like math it's because you find it hard).

Sometimes, it carries the idea that you don't respect it very much, or that you're being sarcastically polite. WordReference has "Thanks but no thanks" as one of the translations.

You can see it that way : you're at a dinner, the host serves a dish to all the guests, but you really don't like it, so when it's your turn you say "Très peu pour moi", which means roughly "Give me very little, please". You're being offered something but you really don't like it. You'll still have some because you're polite and it would be rude to refuse, but you're asking for as little of it as possible.


Meaning: It not something your are interested in or willing to do/have. Something you would prefer to avoid.


très peu pour moi:

  • j'ai déjà eu une mauvaise expérience ...
  • j'ai une mauvaise opinion, avis sur ...
  • je n'ai pas l'intention de ...
  • je préfère éviter ...
  • je n'aime pas ...
  • cela ne me convient pas ...

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