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Useful French Phrases

Old Oct 22nd 2019, 1:07 pm
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Originally Posted by BuckinghamshireBoy View Post
I cracked and followed the link this morning... I guess I was looking too hard at "pretty" rather than just going with "star". Interestingly (or not) DeepL offers "dormir sous les étoiles" as an alternative, whereas Google does not.

As to breaking sugar cubes, I had absolutely no idea, have never encountered that one. The only term I know involving sugar is "to sugar the strawberries"
Thanks both, same time next week?
I'm still in the dark with, 'and someone broke sugar cubes on someone’s back'. I certainly have never heard of a French idiomatic phrase that comes anywhere close.
And like BB, sucre les fraises/ to sugar the strawberries, is a classic and usually raises a smile, except when I see someone so afflicted (hand trembling).


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Old Oct 22nd 2019, 10:02 pm
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I'm still in the dark with, 'and someone broke sugar cubes on someone’s back'. I certainly have never heard of a French idiomatic phrase that comes anywhere close.
And like BB, sucre les fraises/ to sugar the strawberries, is a classic and usually raises a smile, except when I see someone so afflicted (hand trembling).
My rowdy office lot would on occasion extend "sucrer les fraises" to encompass to "become indecisive", which (depending on one's viewpoint) could be viewed as a bit off.

I omitted to mention yesterday that one day my boss screamed at his PC screen "What??? That must be a term in English! BB, come check my spelling please?" Which I did, and almost crawled from his desk doubled with laughter.

"Do you English not say that?"

"Not currently, but I'll do my best to get it into their vocabulary".

He had emailed his boss enthusing upon a certain idea, and had described it as "cowly good"

This 'English' term has now found its way into common parlance. at least among among my Anglophone set.

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Old Oct 23rd 2019, 9:08 am
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He had emailed his boss enthusing upon a certain idea, and had described it as "cowly good"

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