Monday, February 27, 2012

The French F Bomb


So, last night when Jean Dujardin was accepting his award for Best Actor and ensuring he never gets a Christmas gift from George Clooney, he apparently spoke so fast that no one actually heard him dropping F bombs in French. To my virginal ears I thought he dropped some English ones in there, but nope, just French. So, today the talk around the office is the fact that it appears the French don't actually have a word for f**k. They have a word for kiss which can also be used for f**k and they have words for someone to f**k off, but apparently there is no just glorious one word f bomb. Their loss.

25 comments:

EmEyeKay said...

Jean Dujardin, The Artist, closed his Oscar acceptance speech with these overly excited French words: “Ouah, putain, génial, merci!”. here’s what he said:

Ouah: Yay!

Putain: it means “whore”. Cuss word but also an expression often used in time of great excitement (it was his case here) or irritation and annoyment…Like “Oh My God”. The word putain has lost it’s nasty side nowadays and is a current expression.

Genial: Terrific

Merci: Thank you

Susan said...

I was sound asleep by this moment. Interested to see the ratings on this Oscars. I thought it was awful.

timebob said...

Thank you @Em I had no clue what he was saying.

GSDlover said...

He didn't say the F word in French, even if he did who cares its not like most people would understand unless they spoke French.

Jasmine said...

This dude looks like a hot french version of the Clooney to me, so obviously I want to bang him and was pleased with his sheer happiness to win and enthusiasm.

But then I heard him thanking Polanski and my genitals and I have put our adoration on hold for him until further notice.

What's next dude, you gonna thank Galliano as well? ewwwww

mngddess said...

That's what I thought, Jas. French Clooney!!

And I bet Clooney is pisssssed.

He should have know he wouldn't win when the director for The Artist won.

hunter said...

As posted above, "putain" would be the closest thing to the F-word in French even though it basically means "whore."

hunter said...

and BTW for the Jolie post, Lainey is calling it "Jolie-ing"

shakey said...

In Québecois French, the worst thing you can say is "tabarnac". Their/our French words involve church objects. Fuck isn't a big deal here. If you hear someone say something like, "I went to the store, fuck. Bought a pack of cigarettes, fuck. It was fucking cold." you know they're from Quebec. Sometimes they do say "fucké" for something that is broken.

Davesmuse said...

In total agreement with Jasmine again. The man had charmed the pants off of me until he referenced Polansky.

nolachickee said...

Being from NY, I use fuck as a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, and just a general term of endearment. Sorry for the French that they don't have such a marvelous word.

Syko said...

My French friend tells me that their language is so Americanized now, they also use "fuck" as a routine.

Del Riser said...

I don't care what he said. He is a charming man, and it was fun to see how excited he was about winning. Not faked anything, just joyful.

George may have just seen his star get a bit dimmer.

the.princess.leia said...

To me, he looks like Sasha Baren Cohen's character in Talladega Nights.

anita_mark said...

Agree with everything Shakey said. Quebec french swearing is religious. The F word isn't a big deal so I hear it A LOT around the workplace. Well, us anglos swear to but we see the F word as bad, the francophones don't.

"C'est toute fucké!" is my favourite!

I think the only way to find swearing satisfying is to do it in your native tongue.

lunarkitty said...

in that pic he looks like hugh jackman to me, but i didn't see or hear any of it
in HS i recall that "sacre bleu!" was used in place of the very offensive (sorry???) "sacre dieu!"

Imani said...

i agree with those who said that putain is the equivalent of fuck...une putain is a whore, but used everyday...no big deal

B626 said...

So happy that he screwed up Brad and George's evening. Hopefully Harvey will protect Jean from all the payback those two are scheming on him already. I don't want to force a clip on anyone one but Jean was on Leno recently and he really showed how a guest could be prepared and entertaining. Not to mention HOT HOT HOT.

http://www.aboutmystar.com/jean-dujardin/fr/news/fiche/20120206-jay-leno.html

B626 said...

Also on the Leno clip, Debra Messing is cracked out of her mind and laughing hysterically at everything he says.

Henriette said...

Well, this guy knows this is his only Oscar. It reminds me of that Italian guy from 1998. I'd cut him some slack.

Sherry said...

Henriette..So sad but inevitably true.

SeattleMarge said...

I used to be fluent in French. I believe futer (footay) is fuck. and I thought I heard him say it too.

Lelaina Pierce said...

Jasmine, you crack me up. Often. ;)

Thanks for the translation b/c I wasn't sure what he'd said either. I love his speech and genuine excitement for winning.

Seems like having the same word for sex and F*** might lead to confusion?

Brainy Pirate said...

Did Clooney actually think he had a chance of winning? Dujardin won everything else this season -- he was one of the surest bets of the evening.

And Pitt was never even in the game.

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