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AbsolutFrenchman

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VA
English, US
In a phrase from a book I'm reading, it is said that someone is "une tireuse de cartes dont le mari était aux galères." I do not understand this phrase, please clarify it for me.

Also, one of my French professors explained that "keuf", the slang word for a police officer, comes from something called "le verlan", like the opposite of "l'envers," and that "keuf" comes from "flic". Are many words in argot made this way?

merci beaucoup
 
  • Xanthius

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    Verlan is a form of slang, and informally I find, certainly some words, to be used more frequently than others (I have a friend who says 'meuf' all the time, for example). Have a look here. There are many websites about it...
     
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