Sois belle et tais-toi !

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by B.P.O., Sep 11, 2008.

  1. B.P.O.

    B.P.O. Senior Member

    London
    Français (France Métropolitaine)
    Hi all !

    I'm looking for the equivalent of this expression ("Sois belle et tais-toi !") in English.
    It's very frenchy i know (inspired by a Serge Gainsbourg's song), but if somebody has an idea...

    Merci !
     
  2. Magemax Member

    Fench
    I would say "Get sexy or die trying", but I'm sure someone will come up with something much better than this.

    (What is the use of my message then? I don't know)
     
  3. Missrapunzel

    Missrapunzel Senior Member

    Paris
    French (France)
    J'ai déjà entendu : "Sit down, look pretty". à confirmer...
     
  4. bobepine

    bobepine Senior Member

    Canada, English & French
    I don't think there's a common idiom for this, but you might be able to play off (children) should be seen and not heard.
     
  5. mgarizona

    mgarizona Senior Member

    Phoenix, AZ
    US - American English
    The phrase "Just shut up and look pretty" is an old, well-established one in English.
     
  6. Agnès. H

    Agnès. H Senior Member

    France
    France French
    I know about "women are meant to be seen, not heard"... quite sexist but hey...
     
  7. L'irlandais

    L'irlandais Senior Member

    Dreyeckland/Alsace region
    Ireland: English-speaking ♂
    Hello,
    I agree with mgarizona this expression seems the closest to the French original.
     
  8. B.P.O.

    B.P.O. Senior Member

    London
    Français (France Métropolitaine)
    Thanks ! :)
     
  9. Claire-Obscure New Member

    français - France
    Another proposal by LART01 (on another thread) (thanks) :
    Sois belle et tais-toi is a 1958 movie and the title was translated : Be beautiful but shut up!

    My new question is :
    has this expression been used ironically in US or UK for men ? Like in France by Niagara in their song "Sois beau et tais-toi ?" Thanks

    Recapitulation :

    1. "Just shut up and look pretty" is an old, well-established one in English
    2. "Get sexy or die trying"
    3. "Sit down, look pretty".
    4. (children) should be seen and not heard
    5. "Women are meant to be seen, not heard"
    6. Be beautiful but shut up! (Sois belle et tais-toi is a French 1958 movie and the title was translated by)
     

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