Pardon my French, Franse woorden (swear words)

Red Arrow

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Dutch - Belgium
English: Pardon my French, excuse my French

(Belgian) Dutch: "Franse woorden" = swearwords, literally French words

Is there any other language that compares swearwords with French or another language?
 
  • Penyafort

    Senior Member
    Catalan (Catalonia), Spanish (Spain)
    Spanish

    jurar en hebreo - 'To swear in Hebrew' = to curse or say swearwords, often when in an angry mood​
     

    apmoy70

    Senior Member
    Greek
    In Greek, it's French too, e.g when two drivers quarrel in busy street and start swearing at each other, we say "they started speaking French":
    «Αρχίσανε τα γαλλικά» [arˈçi.sa.ne ta ɣa.liˈka] --> they started (speaking is omitted) French

    Or when two people are swearing at each other we say "French is falling down":
    «Πέφτουν γαλλικά» [ˈpef.tun ɣa.liˈka] --> French is falling (down is omitted)
     

    Awwal12

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Russian: прошу прощения/извиняюсь за мой (плохой) французский - i.e. "~excuse me/I am sorry for my (bad) French". Likely calqued from English.
     

    Yendred

    Senior Member
    Français - France
    What do you all have against French!? :D

    «Πέφτουν γαλλικά» [ˈpef.tun ɣa.liˈka] --> French is falling (down is omitted)
    I like this one. Something like "It's raining French" isn't it?

    Is there any other language that compares swearwords with French or another language?
    Oddly enough, in French we don't use language metaphors when we talk about swearing.
    We have some expressions though:
    Jurer comme un charretier (lit. To swear like a cart man), un grenadier (id.), un païen (pagan), un possédé (possessed), un templier (templar), un troupier (trooper).
     
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