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tomber dans sa semaine*

* to fall in one's week

French | Québécois Québec, Canada

Expression USED Very frequently BY Usually younger people

Used as a euphemism to mean “starting your period”.

“As-tu un tampon? Je viens de tomber dans ma semaine.”

“Do you have a tampon? I just fell in my week.”





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avoir ses ragnagnas

French French speaking countries

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

Used informally to refer to menstruation.

"J’ai mes ragnagnas."

"I’m on my period."


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monter sur ses grands chevaux*

* to ride on one's big horses

French French speaking countries

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

Getting angry quickly and reacting violently.

"Tu devrais réfléchir avant de monter sur tes grands chevaux."

"You should think before you get on your big horses."





Je m’en bats les couilles.*

* I beat my balls about it.

French French speaking countries

Expression USED Very frequently BY Young People

Used to say that you don't care at all about something. You don't give a damn.

"Je m’en bats les couilles de ces restrictions corona, je vais faire la fête dans tous les cas !"

"I beat my balls about the corona restrictions , I will party anyways!"





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Saint-Clin-Clin-des-Meuh-Meuh

French | French Canadian Québec, Canada

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

(n.) It is used to refer to a remote location, most often than not, a far away village, "in the middle of nowhere", because in Québec, a lot of small villages are named "Saint-(something)".

"Mon cousin habite à Saint-Clin-Clin-des-Meuh-Meuh."

"My cousin lives In-the-middle-of-nowhere."





siffleux*

* whistler

French | Joual Québec, Canada

Word USED On Occasion BY Older Generations, Countryside people

(n.) Used to refer to a groundhog, mostly because of the sounds they make when angry (that sounds like a sharp whistle).

"J'ai fini par attraper le siffleux qui détruisait mon jardin !"

"I finally caught the whistler that was destroying my garden!"





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pantoute

French Québec

Word USED Very frequently BY Everyone

Not at all, none. Also used to insist on that idea.

"Ça ne me dérange pas pantoute !" "Je ne vois rien pantoute."

"It doesn't bother me at all" "I can't see anything."





Pétaouchnok

French France

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) Used to talk about a far away and/or unknown place.

Note: The word was created to imitate the name of a distant Russian city, to refer to cities far away (and/or imaginary).

"Il est parti à Pétaouchnok."

"He went to Pétaouchnok."





le trou du cul du monde*

* the asshole of the world

French French speaking countries

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

Used to talk about a very remote place. The middle of nowhere.

"La ville la plus proche est à 20 kilomètres, c'est le trou du cul du monde."

"The closest town is 20 kilometres from here. It's the asshole of the world."





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être beau comme un cœur*

* to be as beautiful as a heart

French French speaking countries

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

Affectionate way to say that you find someone or something pretty, beautiful, cute as a button.

"Ce costume te va à ravir, tu es beau comme un cœur !" "Ta fille est jolie comme un cœur."

"This suit looks great on you, you are as beautiful as a heart!" "Your daughter is as pretty as a heart."





Ça rentre comme papa dans maman.*

* It fits like daddy in mommy.

French France

Expression USED Frequently BY Young and middle-aged people

To fit like a glove.

"- T'as pu rentrer la voiture dans le garage ? - Ouais, elle est rentrée comme papa dans maman."

"- Did the car fit in the garage? - Yeah, it fits like daddy in mommy."





ne pas avoir la lumière à tous les étages*

* not have light at every floor

French French speaking countries

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

Used to talk about someone who does not think before acting and does weird things. Someone who is not very smart (i.e. dumb).

"Regarde cet homme qui court nu dans la rue !" "Oh.. Il n'a pas la lumière à tous les étages celui-là !"

"Look at this man, he is running naked in the street!" "Oh.. This one does not have light at every floor!"





Ce n'est pas le couteau le plus aiguisé du tiroir.*

* It is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

French French speaking countries

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

It means that you are not really smart but it is said in a funny way.

" - Je n'ai pas réussi à faire cet exercice. - Tu n'es vraiment pas le couteau le plus aiguisé du tiroir..."

"I did not manage to do this exercise. - You are definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer..."





Bien vu, l'aveugle!*

* Well seen, the blind!

French France

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Anyone

This is something you may say to someone who just discovered something obvious. This is obviously a pun, and "bien vu" actually translates to "well spotted", "good catch".

"T'as déjà remarqué que presque tous les salons de coiffures ont un jeu de mot dans leur nom ?" "Bien vu, l'aveugle !"

"Have you ever noticed that almost every hairdressing salon has a pun in its name?" "Well seen, the blind!"


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donner sa langue au chat

French French speaking countries

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

Used when you have to guess something, but it is so hard that you give up and don't want to guess anymore. It comes from the fact that we used to confess our deepest secrets to cats. So they know a lot about everyone. To give your tongue to the cat is to admit that someone (i.e. the cat) knows something that you don't know.

" - Devine qui vient à la soirée ce soir ? - Louis ! - Non. - Walid ! - Non. - Ok, je donne ma langue au chat."

" - Guess who's coming at the party tonight? - Louis! - No. - Walid! - No. - Ok, I give my tongue to the cat."