For example:

Haha, that's the worst idea you've ever had!

What?! This coming from a guy who thought [blah blah] was a good idea?!

Is there any way to translate the 'this coming from' into French? If not it's fine - I was going to settle with something like:

Quoi?! Mais c'était toi qui a pensé que [blah blah] était une bonne idée!

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    "Venant de quelqu'un qui pensait que... ?!" would be fine I guess if I understood the initial meaning.
    – Manu310
    Jan 30, 2017 at 14:01
  • Yep totally agree with Manu here. +1 Literally that would be : " Quoi ?! Venant d'un gars qui pensait que [blab blah] était une bonne idée !" You should post your answer @Manu310 :)
    – Ise
    Jan 30, 2017 at 14:41
  • I don’t know if any of the following is idiomatic, but maybe it could be of some help: … I’d add something to capture the notion of “That’s a good one” and “especially”, and use either “venant de” (as suggested by @Manu310); “de la part de”; or even a combination of the two (venant de la part de) (and to better capture “guy”, maybe use “mec”): ….”Quoi? Elle est bonne, celle-là, surtout venant de la part d’un/du mec qui trouvait bonne l’idée de (voter pour Trump [for example])!”
    – Papa Poule
    Jan 30, 2017 at 14:43
  • Quoi?! Mais c'était toi qui a pensé que is the best so far.
    – Lambie
    Jan 30, 2017 at 22:03

3 Answers 3


How about:

De la part de quelqu'un qui pensait que ... ?

In spoken language, "venant de la part de" could get abbreviated to "de la part de".

  • It seems that 'De la part de' is used quite a lot actually. I'm going with this answer. Thanks everyone.
    – dVyper
    Feb 2, 2017 at 16:06
  • You also easily have "De la part de celui qui ...." ("Coming from the guy who ..."),
    – tarulen
    Feb 19, 2017 at 21:23

As Ise proposed me to do it in the comments to your question, here is my proposition :

"Venant de quelqu'un qui pensait que... ?!"

Of course, regarding other answers, this is a very spoken form, but from what I understand of your question, I think this fits perfecly :)


Frank's answer is good; other alternatives with possibly other shades of meaning:

Quand on pense que c'est toi qui ... !

Et dire que c'est toi qui ... !

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