canular, pavé lancé dans la mare

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by roger077, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. roger077 Member

    New Jersey, USA
    USA English
    English translation, please:

    ...le docteur Patricia Garel, qui attaque violemment
    les thèses de ce qui lui est d'abord apparu comme
    "un canular" ou "un pavé volontairement lancé dans la mare".
  2. OlivierG

    OlivierG Senior Member

    Toulouse, France
    France / Français
    Canular = hoax
    "un pavé dans la mare" = lit. something that ripples the surface, that makes waves, i.e., fig. something that make people react, that disturbs and irritate some people.
    For example, when a newspaper reveals an important hidden fact.

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