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What's the meaning of the French idiom "La famille Bloggs"? In the dictionary it's translated as "the Bloggs family" but really I still can't get it... I only know that expression "Joe Bloggs" which means an average or ordinary man & everyone know "blog" for sure which is the website or to have or write a blog soOooo please help me... Thanks🌸

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    I searched for "la famille Bloggs" or even "la famille Blogs" and found nothing relevant. Where did you pick this one? Also this is good practice to give a link to the stuff you are refering to because not everybody evolve in the same scene. – Winston Mar 21 at 12:35
  • I'm a native french, and I never hear such an expression... where did you encountered it? – OznOg Mar 21 at 12:47
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    In oxford dictionary for essential vocabulary in the relationships part....La famille, family (La famille Bloggs, the Bloggs family) : that's what's written 🤷🏼‍♀️ – Zuko Mar 21 at 12:52
  • And I searched too everywhere but also found nothing...that's why I am asking here 😅 & I don't have a link cause it's Oxford dictionary from the store – Zuko Mar 21 at 12:54
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    What don't you get in “The Bloggs family”? That's the name of a (virtual) family. – Toto Mar 21 at 13:08
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In oxford dictionary for essential vocabulary in the relationships part... La famille, family (La famille Bloggs, the Bloggs family) : that's what's written 🤷🏼‍♀️ – Zuko

The chiefly British name Bloggs is used here as a placeholder name (like a type of pantonyme) to help you phrase a family name with the name family. It means la famille [Nom de famille], the [Family name] family, or la famille X, the X family where X is a family name. For instance : « La famille Tremblay [the Tremblay family] est très nombreuse [i.e. very big] ».

Generally, the British Joe Bloggs is the same average Joe as Joe Blow and some cousin to the anonymous John/Jane Doe, some of which have travelled up north etc.

In French you will have French types of names whether it's Jean Dupont, Tartempion or related, Monsieur Tout-le-monde, or some other but using X is arguably better and more neutral if you want to avoid any dismissive tone and actually don't mean average but rather any of a specific type, as is the case here with your Oxford dictionary entry.


This is not about an idiom but rather Bloggs is just a British English placeholder (family) name (from the name Joe Bloggs) for whatever family name.

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Apparently Bloggs has nothing to do with blogs, the web sites you were refering to in your answer. I found this on Wikipedia, about Joe Bloggs origin: "The name Bloggs is believed to have been derived from the East Anglian region of Britain, Norfolk or Suffolk, deriving from bloc, a bloke. In the UK, a "bloke" represents the average man on the street." (Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Bloggs)

So "The Bloggs family" would refer to an average family. I would propose a French adaptation, but it is dependent upon the context. You could use "une famille lambda".

"lambda" is appended to any word you want to mean you take a typical ordinary normal one and use it in the latter explanation. This is borrowed from mathematics language and just adds a reference to something. "une famille moyenne" works too.

Another possibility, closer to the Joe Bloggs use, would be: "La famille Test" Because here everybody will understand this family is actually a function.


Wait. I just realized I took it the wrong way. Are you sure it is French in origin? Because in my opinion this is an ENGLISH idiom, not a French one.

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