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Vouvoie-t-on ses parents?

Étant né à Paris il y a 21 ans et y vivant depuis, tout mon entourage est français. Et depuis ma naissance, je peux t'assurer que jamais ne m'est venu à l'oreille le moindre bruit du fait d'une ...
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Grand(e) frère/soeur vs frère/soeur ainé(e) ?

Grand frère and grande sœur, literally "big brother/sister", is the casual way to name an older brother or sister while petit frère and petite sœur (small brother/sister) mean younger brother/sister. ...
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How to refer to the races and skin colors of people in French?

A difficulty in answering this question is that the French perspective on race is quite different from the North American perspective; in particular, referring to someone by their skin color (as ...
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Neutral translation of "suburb"

In late 20th/21st centuries banlieue used without a qualifier refers to what would be called "Inner city" in the US. Faubourg is the neutral one word translation of "suburb" but ...
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Are Catholics in Quebec offended by Quebecois swear words?

Most swear words and taboos in any language come from body parts and functions, family/hierarchy, sex, and religion. Steven Pinker gives particular attention to le sacre tabarnak, câlisse, ostie ...
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What does "personnes racisés.e.s" mean?

The short answer is: someone who is a potential victim of racism, who is part of a group that is commonly discriminated against. The long answer is difficult to write because this is a fairly recent ...
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Does 'madame' work the same in French as American ma'am?

It is good to say this and the most respectful way : Bonjour Madame … Bonjour Monsieur … If you know the name you can add it after. It is not outdated but recommended.
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Vouvoie-t-on ses parents?

Au 20e ou au 21e siècle, vouvoyer ses parents est perçu comme stéréotypiquement aristocratique et arriéré. Il y a encore des gens qui le font, mais ce n'est pas culturellement « normal ». C'était ...
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Ma Biche - is it only used when talking directly to my wife?

Ma biche is used to address your wife or girlfriend (even if it is not so common as eg mon trésor, ma chérie, and a bit humorous, as it is known as a funny catchphrase in a series of comedies of the ...
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Le « super-milliardaire » et le billionnaire pour le « trillionaire » (en anglais): différences de sens, valeur du préfixe, adéquation de l'usage ?

Y a-t-il une différence entre le super-milliardaire et le billionnaire ; Oui, billionaire a été écarté par l'auteur car le mot n'est pas utilisé en français, tout comme billion. On recommande même ...
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Grand(e) frère/soeur vs frère/soeur ainé(e) ?

It's a difference in language level, like in English between big bro and older brother. Grand is more colloquial. Ainé is more formal, and in fact significantly more so than English's older brother ...
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Do French use Madame to describe non-married women?

Sure, mademoiselle usage is quickly dropping when applying to adults, regardless of the known marital status. Not to mention that nowadays, one fourth of the people living in couple in France are not ...
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Pourquoi « grande dame » et pas « grande madame »?

Madame utilisé avec un article (la madame ou une madame) est rare et le plus souvent péjoratif (ou enfantin) alors que une dame, la dame sont plutôt respectueux. Pour garder le sens de grand monsieur,...
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What does "personnes racisés.e.s" mean?

Racisé is an activist term that is not commonly used in France and subject to controversies. Google translate gives a word for word translation into English and the English word "racialized" might be ...
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Are Catholics in Quebec offended by Quebecois swear words?

Contexte. Bien évidemment au début de la colonie on avait les jurons religieux de France, surtout basés sur le mot dieu. Le français québécois se distingue aussi par les « sacres », jurons tirés du ...
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Does 'madame' work the same in French as American ma'am?

It's not archaic and it is commonly used. At least in some formal contexts, omitting madame or monsieur after bonjour when talking to an unknown person might be considered to be rude.
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Proper title for a French man prior to Monsieur

In the Middle-Ages a man of certain importance was addressed as Monsor. The word started being spelt Monsieur in the 16th century. Monsor - Monsieur is the contraction of Mon - Sieur (My Lord). ...
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« Like us on Facebook » : aimez-nous, faites-nous (un) j'aime ... ?

Le verbe liker (faut-il préciser qu'il s'agit d'un anglicisme...) est très souvent employé : Likez nous sur Facebook. Il d'abord apparu dans l'édition 2015 du "Dico des mots qui n'existent pas" ...
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Grand(e) frère/soeur vs frère/soeur ainé(e) ?

I think aîné's "first" meaning in French is first born (although coming from the Low Latin antius natus, where antius is only the comparative, not superlative, of ante) , which is not necessarily the ...
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« Grand homme » et « grand monsieur » (grande dame)

En première réflexion : Un grand Monsieur conserve la désignation particulière d'un individu en tant qu' individu . Un grand Homme le change de catégorie : au delà de Mr X, on a la une qualité de l'...
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Ways to say “grandmother”?

Citie doesn't sound like any of the common nicknames used by grandchildren to call their grandmothers. Here is a poll that says that among the 617 families who answered, 208 different ones were used. ...
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What does the hashtag #FaceABaba mean

"Face à Baba" (In front of "Baba") is the name of a new TV Talk Show / Politainment that was launched today on the C8 channel. Its presenter is Cyril Hanouna whose nickname is Baba ...
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Addressing people with prénoms composés who are close to you

You got good answers from everyone, but keep in mind that it's less common than it was. I was born in 1995 and I have never got any classmate with a composed name. But my father has one. If you meet ...
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Utilisation de « mec/meuf »

Étant Française je peux affirmer que le terme meuf appartient au langage courant. On l'utilise souvent dans le langage parlé : c'est un terme affectif qu'on utilise par exemple pour appeler sa copine. ...
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Comment présenter deux personnes qui se connaissent pas

Il y a plusieurs types de présentations: un nouvel embauché/stagiaire Tom arrive. Son manager Bob lui fait faire le tour des bureaux et le présente de cette manière à chaque personne, dont John. ...
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Neutral translation of "suburb"

There are several ways to translate "suburb" in a more neutral way than banlieue. In addition to périphérie already suggested by Jylo's comment, here are two other that come to mind, despite being ...
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If a man addresses an unmarried young woman respectfully in French in 1568, what title would he use?

To translate the above response, albeit using conventional translation sources(google in this instance) so some things may be lost, though it's better than nothing as I saw the original poster cited ...
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Proper title for a French man prior to Monsieur

En référence à la célèbre scène du réveil du film "La folie des grandeurs", je propose Monseigneur (prononcé monseignor dans l'extrait pour la rime).
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What is the meaning of “les suivantes” in this context?

Définition du TLFi III. − Subst. Personne qui en accompagne une autre pour l'assister, la servir. Il est venu [à l'Assemblée], sans aucun doute avec des suivants (...) mais il doit s'avancer seul ...
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Cas particulier de position de l'adjectif : « jeune x » vs « x jeune »

On entend parfois « jeune femme » par exemple dans des expressions comme « cette jeune femme là-bas », « jeune femme » ayant alors le même sens que « jeune homme », mais « jeune homme » peut aussi ...
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