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Questions tagged [anglais]

La question fait référence à un mot, une expression, un texte en anglais ou à la langue anglaise directement.

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How to translate “By the way”? — Comment traduire « By the way » ?

I want to translate a sentence that says something like “By the way, did you remember to get…?” So far I've seen two options: au fait and à propos. Which one would be more appropriate for an informal ...
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Comment traduire « what the fuck » ?

Je ne demande pas ici un éclaicissement du sens de la locution. Je la rencontre, comme tout lecteur d'articles anglophones sur le web, assez souvent, exprimant une interrogation mélée selon le ...
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Comment traduire « upload » ?

J'ai toujours eu de la difficulté avec ce mot. Partout où je cherche, je trouve télécharger, mais j'aimerais pouvoir faire la distinction entre download et upload. Il me semble que télécharger est ...
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Comment traduire l'expression anglaise « silver bullet » ?

Souvent utilisé dans le domaine informatique, sur un site comme stackoverflow.com, l'expression « silver bullet » a été démocratisée par l'article No Silver Bullet — Essence and Accidents of Software ...
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How to say “voted up” or “voted down” in French?

I know how you can say that somebody voted for something in French: Il a voté pour cela. However, on Stack Exchange sites we have a situation where you can vote something up, or vote it down. If ...
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In French, how do you say “living under a rock”?

I was flabbergasted how my colleague hadn't even heard of a certain app I thought virtually anyone at my age would be familiar with – unless they are living in the Stone Age. I wanted to say jokingly ...
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Comment traduire « boilerplate » ?

En anglais il existe le mot boilerplate, qui veut dire ce qui est souvent répété, avec l'implication qu'on peut « emballer » cette chose et l'utiliser plus tard régulièrement. Le mot est souvent ...
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How can one say “good morning” in French?

I've usually been told just to say “bonjour” in French when in English one would want to emphasize that it is early and you are greeting them in the morning, and would therefore say “good morning”. ...
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The difference between “numéro”, “nombre” and “chiffre” in French

I want to know the difference between "numéro", "nombre" and "chiffre" in French because it seems they all mean "number" when it comes to English. I also want to know when they are used if they are ...
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Translation of 'to whom it may concern'

In English, "To whom it may concern" is a generic starter to a letter implying that the letter is addressed to anyone for whom the letter is relevant. For a bit of context, I had to ask someone in ...
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Comment traduire « hipster » ?

C'est un mot anglais, plutôt argotique, qui représente une catégorie de personnes qui se caractérisent comme des libre-penseurs, allant à contre-courant de la culture et aimant un style d'art ...
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French equivalent of the expression “Last but not least” — Un équivalent à l'expression anglaise « Last but not least »

I can't find a good French expression for the English expression : “Last but not least”. Do you have any suggestions? Je n'arrive pas à trouver une expression française similaire à cette expression ...
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Est-ce que « suzerain » est une bonne traduction pour « overlord »?

Dans ma description pour tous les autres sites Stack Exchange, j'ai mis: I work for our Stack Exchange overlords as a member of the CHAOS team. Pour celle de French Language and Usage, j'ai mis: ...
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How would you translate 'placeholder' to French?

I cannot find a good translation for the computer science term placeholder, which could be defined as a symbol that will later be replaced by some other item (for instance, in the text "Bonjour #, ...
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What is an equivalent idiom in French for the English expression “not over until the fat lady sings”?

A common expression in English is, “it's not over until the fat lady sings”. This idiom carries a meaning which is hard to express in French - it basically means that some situation is not yet ...
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Comment traduire « on-topic » ?

Il me semble avoir vu une traduction en français de l'expression anglaise « on-topic » pour décrire des questions qui sont appropriées pour le site, mais maintenant je ne peux pas le trouver. Donc ...
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French translation for “let's cross that bridge when we come to it”? — Comment traduire « let's cross that bridge when we come to it » ?

In English, the expression "let's cross than bridge when we come to it" exists, to indicate that the speaker doesn't want to deal with a particular outcome because, as that outcome may not happen, it ...
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Comment traduire « To be on fire » ?

En anglais, dans « He is on fire today » ou dans « He has been on fire since yesterday », l'expression « to be on fire » signifie que la personne est pleine d'énergie, et qu'elle fait des choses ...
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Pourquoi « comment vous appelez-vous », et pas « quel est votre nom » comme en anglais ?

We know that when French people want to know someone's name, ask “Comment vous appelez-vous ?”. However this literally means “How do you call yourself?”. Why they don't use something like “quel est ...
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Comment traduire « a rule of thumb » ?

J'aime beaucoup cette expression anglaise qui désigne une règle le plus souvent vraie, ou facilement applicable (qui n'a pas de thumb ?), à défaut d'être très précise ; mais j'ai bien de la peine à ...
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How do you say “slang” in French?

I had thought that the translation for the English word "slang" in French was "argot", but it seems that there is a subtle difference in meaning in that slang tends to be used and/or understood by ...
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Comment traduire « to go for a drink » ?

Dans les phrases anglaises suivantes : Would you like to go for a drink? Shall we go for a drink? Comment peut-on exprimer « to go for a drink » en français ? J'ai vu des expressions comme : ...
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Translation of “This isn't rocket science”?

The expression This isn't rocket science. is used to say essentially Ce n'est pas trop difficile. Is there a closer equivalent or expression?
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How do you say “How are you”?

In English it is polite to ask How are you? What's up? How do you do? after a greeting. The answer of course is always something like Thanks, I'm fine. Not much Complaints about personal ...
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How would you refer to “legacy code” in French?

The best way to describe what I mean by "Legacy code" comes from this website That stuff that other people wrote. They've all since left the company, [or worse, they're still here but not working ...
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How does one “toast someone” in French?

In English, there is a very specific meaning of the word "toast"; when used as a transitive verb, it means that you raise glasses in celebration of someone or something, eg.: Let's toast the winner ...
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How to translate “evidence” from English to French?

I have a very hard time translating the word “evidence” to French, where evidence is used in the context of science, as in Carl Sagan's famous quote: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary ...
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Comment pourrait-on dire en français « at the end of the day » ?

L'expression « at the end of the day » en anglais s'emploie pour exprimer le fait que les mots suivants sont définitifs, ou les derniers d'un débat. Par exemple : These acts are indefensible. At ...
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How to translate “to parse” or “parsing” in French?

The act of parsing, in computer science, is the act of taking text (even if it's not human readable) and extract information out of it (and do something with it). For example you can parse an xml ...
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Traduction de « making out »

Je cherche une traduction du terme anglais « making out », « to make out », « we made out ». Ce terme, dans le contexte que je cherche, s'associe au fait d'embrasser quelqu'un longtemps, de même que ...
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French slang equivalent of “chicken”

You can call someone "chicken" or "chicken hearted" for being scared. Mind it, it's not coward which is serious. Is there a funny slang expression like "chicken" in French?
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What is a good French language equivalent for the English expression, “like pulling teeth”?

In English, when somebody is being very uncooperative in telling you information or performing task(s) you want them to, it is often said that getting them to cooperate is “like pulling teeth”. ...
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Comment traduire « worldly » ?

Dans la phrase anglaise suivante : Since I couldn’t join my friends in their worldly activities, I asked them to attend church with me. comment peut-on exprimer wordly en français : mondain (au ...
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How can one translate English words like “bride-to-be”?

There are many other of these kinds of hyphenated words/phrases in English, which signify something or someone that will be a certain thing in the future; for example, "bride-to-be", "mother-to-be", "...
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Which words introduced by the French Academy to replace loanwords from English have been successful?

I remember using the word "courriel" with a French acquaintance. They found it funny and said nobody uses it in French and that I should just say "email" like everybody else. I had read somewhere ...
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« Tu fais un copier-coller » ou bien « Tu copies-colles » ?

Dernièrement en essayant d'expliquer à mes parents comment faire un copy/paste sur leur PC, je me suis trouvé assez confus sur la façon d'exprimer cette notion. Bien sûr ils ne comprennent pas l'...
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French for 'blood will tell'?

In English there is a (not very nice) saying 'blood will tell'; that means something to the effect of If your ancestors had bad qualities (e.g. Bad personality) then you will probably also inherit ...
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What is the French equivalent of “OMG”?

I know the French equivalent of "LOL" is "MDR", but what is the equivalent of "OMG"? Not as a surprise expression, but as an expression of frustration online. Is it "OMD" (Oh mon Dieu), or something ...
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Comment traduire « long shot »?

Dans les phrases anglaises suivantes : That's a bit of a long shot. It was a long shot, so it was no surprise we didn't get it. L'expression « long shot » représente quelque chose de peu ...
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Comment traduire « what goes around, comes around » ?

En anglais, on a l'expression « what goes around, comes around », qui veut dire (à peu près) que quoi que la personne fasse, elle devra ensuite faire face aux conséquences de ses actes. Existe-t-il ...
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Traduire « NSFW »

Éternel pourvoyeur de néologismes casse-tête à traduire, Internet a rendu l'usage de "NSFW" (Not safe for work) absolument standard, y compris dans des communications quasi-formelles. Existe-t-il un ...
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Garden path sentence en français

L'expression anglaise "garden path sentence" désigne des phrases qui sont initialement analysées à la lecture d'une certaine façon qui s'avère être incorrecte quelques mots plus tard, de sorte qu'il ...
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How to say “after yesterday” in French?

What is the proper way to say “after yesterday” in French? For example, how would the phrase “How are you feeling after yesterday?” (meaning “after what happened yesterday”) translate into French? I ...
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Mot le plus approprié pour remplacer « snapshot »

Je suis en train de développer une application web bilingue et pour une des fonctionnalités le terme anglais m'est venu instantanément, mais je ne parviens pas à trouver un équivalent français aussi ...
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Traduction de « Feedback »

J'étais en train d'écrire un « post » sur le meta de ce site et j'ai complètement bloqué sur la traduction du mot « feedback » ou de l'expression « asking for feedback » lors de la traduction de l'...
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How to say “cooties” in French?

Cooties (occasionally spelled coodies) is an imaginary disease that little boys say little girls have.
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What are the possible meanings of “quand même”?

Many times per day I hear the phrase “quand même”. I have looked it up and I know there are several possible translations, such as “even so”, “all the same”, “anyway”. What are other possible ...
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Traduction de « performer »

Le mot anglais performer se traduit généralement comme interprète. Cependant, il est possible, en anglais, d'utiliser ce même mot dans un contexte péjoratif : He's no artist, he's just a performer. ...
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Comment traduire « one-off » ?

Comment traduit-on one-off qui à le sens d'un paiement dont on doit payer le montant une fois au lieu d'une série de paiements réguliers. Google propose le traduction paiement ponctuel mais je ne ...
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Does 'bon marché' have the same connotation of “low quality” as 'cheap' in English

Somehow bon marché and économique sound positive to me, as some kind of praise. In English cheap has a connotation of not good. It can be used for an expensive thing but not well made. Am I just ...