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How to say “bad man” in French argot

I found a piece of music in which a Jamaican is saying the following in English: "Bad man like good things, bad man like the best things as a matter of fac, like, bad man like to wear the best ...
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Existe-t-il un terme argotique pour « avocat » ?

En anglais britannique (uniquement) on parle de « brief » : c'est un exemple de synecdoque, car les clercs donnent aux avocats un fascicule de papiers relatif aux aspects du cas : c'est le « brief », ...
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how to say 'nerd' or 'geek' in french? [duplicate]

It seems there's no agreement in french forums what is the right translation. People brought up pingouin/trolleur but others claimed those are degoratory and inaccurate terms, and more about ...
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Conveying the idea of “the biggest travesty”

L'autre jour j'ai parlé de Sergio Leone et Stanley Kubrick et j'ai voulu dire en français : SK and SL didn't win an Oscar in Best Film/Best Director categories. This is the biggest travesty. or ...
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French Internet and Messaging Slang

Are abbreviations like DSL (désolé), PDP (pas de problème), Cv (ça va), Mdr (mort de rire), A+ (à plus) and the like accepted when writing messages/chatting in a more relaxed context? I was told that ...
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Abbreviations like HTH (hope that helps) for Internet and messaging slang

The phrase “hope this helps,” abbreviated HTH, is common in Internet and digital messaging slang. This particular phrase is often used in workplace situations as people interact and try to solve ...
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Expressing “(one's) off” as in “he is working his ass off”

(slang) (One's) ass off is used to emphasize the preceding verb as having been done to the maximum degree. For instance I worked my ass off to get where I am today! The people in the back were ...
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What does the symbol +=+ mean in French slang?

I see this symbol +=+ a lot in youtube comments of French vloggers. I'm assuming its short-hand or slang referencing another word. What exactly does it mean?
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“brasser” (dans le sens de mélanger) est-il familier?

J'ai toujours utilisé le verbe brasser dans le sens de mélanger, par exemple : J'ai mis de la sauce dans mes pâtes, je vais les brasser un peu ou Pour obtenir un bon goût il faut bien brasser la ...
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Jokes with “une salope, une connasse, une emmerdeuse”

Are there several jokes in french which are constructed on "une salope, une connasse, une emmerdeuse" as in this joke below: Quelle est la différence entre une connasse, une salope et une ...
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Does “boire un jus” tend to mean “coffee” or “juice of fruit”?

Je m'arrête au café du coin boire un jus. When you hear "boire un jus", do you tend to imagine "coffee" or "juice of fruit"? Can it be both, depending on a context?
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Sarcastic “Surprise, surprise” equivalent for informal French?

Is there anything in French like saying “Surprise, surprise!” sarcastically? “Oh, he bought ANOTHER Nintendo game.” “Surprise, surprise. It’s all he does.” Wordreference gave me “Comme par hasard” ...
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« This », l'interjection en argot d'internet ?

— At this point, a great ending would have been to have Bran get up and walk. Might as well. [Rendu là, un bonne fin aurait été de de voir Bran se lever et marcher. Tant qu'à faire.] — ...
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French twitterspeak/memes?

What are some examples of French twitter-style speech or phrases/expressions coming from TV shows or movies or memes that have become common slang? In English I can think of things like “bold of you ...
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What is the slang meaning of chatière?

I was reading a New Yorker article about the "city" under Paris it was mentioned that there is another meaning besides cat flap for chatière. However my google-fu appears to be weak today, and I can't ...
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What are some common expressions used by gay men in France?

I only ask because I am gay. For example, there’s the stereotypical “Girl, stop,” in American English. Or using words like “Honey,” to refer to people and lots of verbal tics and fillers. Are there ...
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Translating “Watch (blank)!”

It’s pretty common in English to say something like “Watch (blank)!” when you expect something to happen that would be funny or contrary to what was being discussed. For example: Someone could say “...
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Double conditional form: Informal French? [duplicate]

My French friend used a construction that confused me. He used two conditional form verbs next to each other, something like “Tu mangerais ça tu l’aimerais bien !” He said it’s informal French and I’...
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Are there any notable mistakes in French that are made by enough otherwise well-spoken natives that they are acceptable to all but strict grammarians? [closed]

For two well-known examples of this in English, it’s common to say/hear “Me and my friend” or “Him and I” (both incorrect) instead of “My friend and I” and “He and I” (both correct). ...
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« Bon sang » pour dire « damn » ou « goddamn » pour montrer l’etonnement ?

En anglais je dis très souvent « damn » ou « goddamn » à la fin d’une phrase (ou au début) quand je suis impressionné ou choqué. Par exemple mon ami m’a raconté sur son jardin et les sortes de fruits ...
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À quel point ces expressions sont-elles courantes ?

J’ai collecté beaucoup d’expressions dans un documentaire mais je ne sais pas si elles se disent vraiment... Ce sont: à moitié (sorta, kinda) je suis chaud (I’m down, I’m up for it, I want to) mais ...
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Seeking colloquialism for “just because”

I know that “juste parce que” means “just because” but if I wanted to use this as a statement rather than as part of a sentence, is there a colloquial way of saying this? Why do you want to go to ...
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Que signifie « array » en langage de jeunes [closed]

Savez-vous que signifie array en langage de jeunes ?
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Omitting 'suis' in spoken French

I was watching Haneke's Time of the Wolf last night. Frequently, I couldn't hear the 'suis' in sentences where I would expect it to occur. Unhelpfully, I cannot remember a specific example, but ...
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Ce « baroudeur grand sportif » : emboîtement, sens équivalent à la coordination etc. ?

L'héroïque (M.) Jean-Jacques Savin (identifié 9e RCP, 1er RCP, 1er RPIMa) traverse actuellement l'Atlantique en tonneau. On peut lire que : Ce baroudeur grand sportif s'est lancé à la mer le 26 ...
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« Impeach the mf » : …le fils de pute ? (NSFW)

Despite having no account on such a network, I've become aware of a hashtag containing a vulgar slang term: "impeachthemf" (impeach the motherfucker). I'm reading an article in French where this has ...
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« Louper » : nuance entre rater/manquer et laisser échapper etc. ?

Comme le Sénat ajourne ses travaux jeudi et que les sénateurs ne rentreront pas au boulot avant le 19 février, Julie Miville-Dechêne estime que la chambre haute a loupé « une occasion de se ...
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« Faire le poireau, poiroter » : quel poireau, pourquoi ?

On a poireauter, poiroter, le verbe intransitif, familier, signifiant « attendre sans changer de place, faire le poireau », de [faire le] poireau justement (TLFi) : Il [le poireau] a développé, ...
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Voili-voilou : Is this a common saying?

I received an email with attachments. The text opened with "Voili-voilou les notes de..." Is voili-voilou known argot for voilà? Or something else?
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C'est assez marron !

I know the word "marron" and the expression "être marron", but none of the senses matches with the apparent meaning of the phrase "C'est assez marron !". I encountered this phrase recently in slang (...
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Évolution de l'ordre et du sens de “trop” : chronologie et origine ?

Dans les années 90/2000, j'ai personnellement noté en France un nouvel usage populaire de l'adverbe "trop" avec les caractéristiques suivantes : Perte de la notion d'excès, qui différencie ...
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Is “oeuf à la coque” slang for “soldier” or “idiot”?

This is taken from the first paragraph of Céline's Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night). I was dubious about it, since I was told this author had a very slangy style (and this ...
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Meaning of a phrase, with focus on the word “titine”

What do the following mean? mais je ne pourrai pas t'offrir ma titine. Je veux elle ne pourra pas t'offrir sa titine.
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Je cherche un lexique d'argot des truands contemporain

Pour donner de la couleur locale à une histoire sur laquelle je suis en train de travailler, j'aimerais employer quelques termes d'argot des truands. Malheureusement, s'il est assez simple de trouver ...
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Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire « questo » ?

Contexte J'étais dans un bus à Montpellier quand j'ai entendu un mec dire à une fille quelque chose qui, à mes oreilles, ressemble à « questo ». Je crois qu'il l'a dit comme « Bonjour », peut-être ...
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« (Être) sur la brosse » au Québec ?

Pourquoi, au Québec, on dit « sur la brosse » en parlant de l'alcool ? Par ex. Chu Ben Plus Cool Su'a Brosse (vidéo).
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Is there a slang usage for the word phrase “croque-monsieur”?

Is there a slang usage for the word phrase "croque-monsieur"? We now that the croque-monsieur is a traditional baked or fried boiled ham and cheese French sandwich. While in France many years ago, a ...
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Vulgar expression for “in big trouble”

How would you say something like I'm in deep shit ( = in big trouble ) in French? Can “être dans la merde” be used in this context?
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What is the origin of “être branché” in the sense of “à la mode” ?

I've noticed that this expression is familiarly used to indicate something being in style, cool, or generally "à la mode" - notably here on this stack exchange site. Does anyone know the origin of ...
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il gratte les poto

Que signifie "il gratte les poto" dans cette chanson ? Il a pas de sous au quartier il gratte les poto [...] C'est le genre de gars tout sur lui et rien dans le frigo [...] Passes au ...
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Quelle est la nature de l'apport de l'argot au sens du mot « froc » ?

Le froc (n. m.) c'est à l'origine, hormis une attestation isolée pour le « manteau »(DHLF/Rey), d'un francique hrokk etc. et c'est d'abord au 12e le « vêtement de moine qui couvre la tête et les ...
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Que veut dire « il joue la caille de cité » ?

Excusez moi, car le français n'est pas ma langue native, mais j'aimerais bien apprendre en lisant des commentaires un peu partout, et voilà! j'étais en train de lire les commentaires ici: https://www....
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How to say “faire un rot” in a slang way?

I am looking for expressions that can be used to say something like I want to burp, or did you burp. I find saying faire un rot is not slang enough.
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Usage of ça baigne

I've heard that the response "ça va" can be replaced with "ça baigne" (lit. "that bathes") in casual contexts. Is this a common greeting among friends, or something that simply exists but isn't ...
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Looking for the equivalent of “Suck it, loser” in French

I know there isn't a translation for it, since it's English slang, but is there an equivalent?
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French slang question? (eighteenth-century)

I'm reading an old comic play from 1715 and I'm struggling to interpret a word: Leandre suit comme un lâche, Scaramouche est un gavache; Et moi itou. I think it might be: Leandre follows ...
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What is the French Canadian word for “Hoser”?

The Canadian slang word hoser, "a term having spawned several popular false etymologies", meaning "a person who is considered unintelligent or uncouth, especially a beer-drinking man" (Dictionary.com),...
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“Qui c'est t'y”: qu'est-ce que ça veut dire ?

I'm assuming it means something like "well look who it is". Can anyone explain to me the grammatical function of "t'y" here?
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Meaning of “Qu'est-ce qu'il y a?”

I would like to ask this question in this specific context. Someone calls his friend but his friend doesn't respond. Then, after a while, his friend sends him this message: Qu'est-ce qu'il y a? Je ...
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« Y s'jett'nt su' la porte en hurlant » : transcription du parler populaire ?

Impressions de promenade (extrait) [...] Leur conscienc' dit : « Tu t' soign's les tripes, « Tu t'les bourr's à t'en étouffer, « Ben, n'en v'là un qu'a pas bouffé ! Alors dame ! euss y m' ...