GrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2869 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2774 times:
I think it's fair to say that "putain" is the favourite word of the French people, me included. There is barely not one sentence I say without this word. It is a bad word meaning "b*tch" in French, but it has become an element of language. It doesn't shock people anymore. You can say it in full or you can use the shortened "'p'tain" or just "'tain".
Just the way the English can use "bitch" litteraly to define a female dog; or a very libertine girl/woman; we use "chienne" to refer to a female dog - or a very libertine girl/woman.
The actual translation of "putain" would be "whore". Not "prostitute", "whore".
But, admittedly, you were close enough and I'm just being a bit of an ass.
My favourite French word would be... merde. I don't say it that much, but when I do, it usually means I'm getting really serious. I will use "putain" many, many times - and not actually mean it. But "merde" as a certain strength to it, a certain thickness.
SOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3555 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
I like the Arabic word SALAM we use when greeting somebody or saying goodbye it works both ways
Also we can say salam aleikom which means peace be on you.
BTW Hebrew language have the same word SHALOM.
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ANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3309 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
For example, I love the word "snafu." it's so funny, how it's pronounced. Snaffffuuuuu....haha
I presume you know "snafu" is actually a military acronym? Along with "fubar" and "bohica", which come from similar lines, some military slang really is pretty hilarious and cool.
As for my favorite words:
ENGLISH: "RADAR" - Think about how RADAR works. Now look at RADAR backwards. In being a palindrom, the word itself represents its function! Brilliant (though unintentional, I'm sure). ("Liquid" is another just because of how elegantly is rolls off the tongue.)
FRENCH: "BORDEL" - Literally, it means "brothel" but it's used as an expletive mostly. (Another favorite is "shampooing" just because I always thought it was an actual French word when I was little. Took my forever to realize it was just a bastardized pronunciation of a fake English word.)
GREEK: Sadly, I don't know enough Greek anymore to have a favorite word, but "TAVERNA" is a favorite just because of its meaning ("Tavern") and the memories it brings back of my trips to Greece.
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