Use These 5 French Phrases To Make People Think You’re Smart (Even Though You’re Not)

If you’ve dreamt of becoming a scholarly poseur, you’ve come to the right place.

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WARNING: This article has nothing to do with bananas, and everything to do with France.

“Ce n’est pas la mer à boire”

The literal translation of this phrase is “It’s not like you have to drink the ocean,” while the metaphorical meaning is “It’s not difficult”.

“Faire la grasse matinée”

The literal translation of this phrase is “To have a fat morning” (okaaay…), while the metaphorical meaning is “To sleep in”…for some reason.

“Se perdre les chèvres”

The literal translation of this phrase is “To lose your goats” (whatever), while the metaphorical meaning is “To forget what you were just saying, or lose your place in a conversation”. This phrase isn’t so widely used anymore, which comes as a shock to maybe only a handful of people.

“Devenir un chêvre”

Again with the goddam goats. The literal translation of this phrase is “to become a goat” (sigh), while the metaphorical meaning is “to be driven mad”. Goats in France, I presume, are synonymous with insanity.

“Ah, la vache!”

Yay. More farm animals. Fuckin’ yay. The literal translation of this phrase is “Oh, my cow!”, while the metaphorical meaning is “Oh, my God!” I’m not very worldly, but based on some of these expressions, I’m going to assume all French people live pastoral lives on hippie communes somewhere in Oregon.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that I know virtually nothing about French culture outside of what I googled for this article and watching old Pepé Le Pew cartoons, so if any of you francophiles out there are offended by this post…then c’est la vie, I guess.

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