I have heard the following sentence in the TV series Marseille:

  • Toi, ferme ta gueule! Compris? Me racontes pas ta ive.

What does "ive" mean here? The only meaning I have found is a plant, but that does not make sense here. Is it a verlan of "vie"? Shouldn't that be "eiv"?

  • Are you sure it is not ta vie ?
    – Dimitris
    Apr 22, 2020 at 13:51
  • I'm sure. You can check it on S02E06 06:57 (29:56 before end). Apr 22, 2020 at 14:27
  • Why is this question off-topic? Apr 24, 2020 at 10:18

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ive is the “verlan” of vie.

“Verlan” is inverting phonems, not letters.

  • Toto, pourquoi alors pas ton ive au lieu de ta ive ?
    – Dimitris
    Apr 22, 2020 at 14:05
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    @Dimitris: Tout simplement,je pense, pare que les personnes qui l'utilisent ne maîtrisent pas forcement la grammaire ! Ils doivent penser que puisqu'on dit ta vie, on doit dire ta ive alors qu'effectivement il faudrait die ton ive.
    – Toto
    Apr 22, 2020 at 14:11
  • It's gangster talk, so that surely explains the grammatically incorrect feminine possessive pronoun in the sentence. @Toto if verlan only inverts phonems and does not care abot letters, could the verlan "ive" be spelled "iv" as well ? Apr 22, 2020 at 14:28
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    @AlanEvangelista: I guess iv is also correct because there're no real rules for verlan.
    – Toto
    Apr 22, 2020 at 14:38

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