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Être maqué(e) - how to use?

When someone is taken/in a relationship, on dit que cette personne est maquée. Can anyone explain the usage of this expression more precisely? I know that the etymology comes from the world of ...
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Prononciation de 'lol'

Question bête peut-être : comment prononce-t-on 'lol' en français ? Lol (un seul mot) ou L-O-L (épeler les lettres) ?
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Dit-on un ou une clope ?

Dit-on un ou une clope ? https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/clope Il me semble plus juste de dire une, mais j'ai entendu "un" à plusieurs reprises et cela m'a surpris. Quel est le bon genre ? ...
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What does the word “tchop” mean?

I have been hearing the word "tchop" a lot in the lyrics of French music. Google Translate could not translate it, so it appears to be a slang. I have tried looking it up but could not find ...
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Le « camouflet » est-il synonyme de « soufflet » et ce qu'en dit Victor Hugo ?

Qu’est-ce que recevoir un soufflet ? La métaphore banale répond : C’est voir trente-six chandelles. Ici l’argot intervient, et reprend : Chandelle, camoufle. Sur ce, le langage usuel donne au soufflet ...
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What does “clarinettes vermicelles” mean?

In the following sentences: "Faut des choses qui tiennent au buffet... pas de clarinettes vermicelles", what does "clarinettes" mean in this case? I suppose it's not the usual ...
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What does, ‘elle fait grv golri’ mean?

Someone said this to me on twitter so I assume there is slang involved.
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Quel est l'origine du mot d'argot « paro » ?

Quel est l'origine du mot d'argot paro, discuté dans une autre question, et comment est-il formé, s'agit-il de la troncation d'un nom (et si oui, lequel) ?
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Sens de “Mais d'où qu'y sort çui-là !”

J'ai lu ici la tournure Mais d'où qu'y sort çui-là ! Je pense que y sort désigne il sort. Qu'est-ce que çui-là ? Quelle est le sens alors de la phrase ?
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Conveying 'no bullshit'

How would be conveyed in French 'no bullshit' in a title of a document/book as for example: https://minireference.com/ No bullshit guide to learn Mathematics I am thinking about Apprendre les maths ...
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« Zoprack » L'emploi du verlan et les noms de marques

Dans la chanson L'instant X par Mylène Farmer, le mot zoprack m'intéresse au niveau de la productivité de la langue et l'argot. Les paroles : Papa Noël quand tu descendras du ciel Du fun, du ...
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C'est chaud = It's crazy ?

I have heard the following dialogue in the TV series Unité 42: J'arrive pas y croire. Bob... C'est chaud. Context: A team of murder investigators are talking about Bob, his fellow investigator who ...
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Is there a French equivalent of “on a Kick”?

One of the lesser used English definitions of kick is 5c: pursuit of an absorbing or obsessive new interest —usually used with on1 Is there a French equivalent? My French is super rusty, and I did ...
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What is a French equivalent for the office slang phrase “knife and fork it (the problem)”?

Please, help me to find an appropriate equivalent! Edit: To "knife and fork" a problem, in the English language, means to "give it a try," perhaps without expecting good results, ...
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Les infinitifs en argot

En lisant des mèmes en ligne, je trouve qu'ils utilisent souvent des infinitifs au lieu de verbes conjugués. Voici quelques exemples : Quand tu vouloir faire le sortir dehors / mais devoir de garder ...
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“Ridiculously” (expressing absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy, etc.) and “ridiculement”

Remembering Rush's Ridiculously Good Drummer ridiculous[ ri-dik-yuh-luhs ] (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/ridiculously) 1. adjective causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; ...
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Strange use of “c'est sûrement”?

In a children's book I was reading, a young boy says, "C'est sûrement maman. C'est sûrement le matin..." to his mom when she's trying to wake him up for school. It seems like the boy is saying ...
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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 : Stanley Kubrick and Sergio Leonne didn't win an Oscar in Best Film/Best Director categories. This is the ...
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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.