Est-ce que ce mot-ci est toujours offensant? Il y en a plusieurs traductions - "cunt", "bastard", mais aussi "idiot". Peut-on dit "Quel con, toi!" a un ami qui, par exemple, a laisse tomber quelquechose? Merci d'avance.
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It sometimes does but much less than it used to. Nowadays it would sound a little bit like 18th century erotic literature, in that sense. (Marquis de Sade and all that stuff).emma42 said:So it never corresponds to the deeply offensive word cunt in English?
[I suppose if you know someone well enough to use the familiar form of address with them, you'd know whether they'd be offended by the use of "con".] I don't think it's used very often with its original meaning today, more like 'asshole' (for a person, not anatomically!) - again, a question of whom you're talking (or writing) to.
It can be used in a casual way but remains nonetheless a curse-word, so in case of non-cursing policy, you should definitively ask for permission, to be sure it can be allowed as a song quote for instance.For example, let's say you're in a high school theatre class, and you're putting on a skit that includes a character who is a little bit nasty. Would this be a word that you could possibly use in front of a teacher in such a case (I know it depends on the teacher, but let's say they have a fairly strict "no cussing" policy)