à la limite/à la rigueur

DearPrudence

Dépêche Mod (AL mod)
IdF
French (lower Normandy)
Salut tout le monde

My last question for the road.
How do you translate:
'on ne peut pas dire "bla bla bla" mais à la limite/à la rigueur on pourrait dire "patati patata'''?
Yet I already suspect there's no translation.
Other example: 'à la limite, si on veut être poli on peut dire ...': if you REALLY want to be polite you can say ...'

Thanks again :)
 
  • Benjy

    Senior Member
    English - English
    at a push sometimes works. but i guess it closer to "s'il le faut"

    good luck with finding a good translation. i have to stop myself from saying à la limite all the time :( i am sure there is something in english.. it's just a case of making the connection.
     

    DearPrudence

    Dépêche Mod (AL mod)
    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    Oh, sorry, I forgot; my dictionary said: 'at a pinch'. Does it work?

    (and in English I keep on saying 'actually'. Non, je sais, ça n'a rien à voir. Mais je compatis ;) )

    Edit: so my dictionary is sometimes right. :) Thanks Edwingill
     

    charlie2

    Senior Member
    DearPrudence said:
    Salut tout le monde

    My last question for the road.
    How do you translate:
    'on ne peut pas dire "bla bla bla" mais à la limite/à la rigueur on pourrait dire "patati patata'''?
    Yet I already suspect there's no translation.
    Other example: 'à la limite, si on veut être poli on peut dire ...': if you REALLY want to be polite you can say ...'

    Thanks again :)
    My suggestions:
    1st example: We cannot say ... but possibly (or if we have to) we could say ...
    2nd example: Ultimately if you want to be polite, you can say...
     

    eonblu17

    New Member
    English (US)
    "bla bla bla" ultimately though we could say "patati patata'''?
    ultimately, at worst, in a pinch, or...

    Not sure if I'd use this for à la limite/à la rigueur in general, but in the context of this sentence I find myself wanting to say "We can't say 'bla bla blah' but if nothing else we could say patati patata"
     

    Jean-Michel Carrère

    Senior Member
    French from France
    à la limite, on pourra toujours se procurer des billets au stade le jour-même : if the worst comes to the worst, we will still be able to get tickets at the stadium on the day
     
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