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  1. Since you said short, I take it you're not translating the entire rap lyrics? Good luck with it if you are! I suppose someting like, I've stuffed myself on problems so now I've got solutions coming out of my ar5e https://www.smule.com/song/maître-gims-vq2pq-karaoke-lyrics/37762410_247334/arrangement Tu pensais m'avoir cerné ?Tu m'fais d'la peine, bébéT'façon j'ai deux toursd'avance, comme Mister Ben LadenAkhi, mon existence n'estpas que haine et peineCe serait t'mentir, tout comme dedire au gueuch' qu'il a d'la veineJ'ai mangé trop d'problèmes,donc j'en chie des solutions etc etc etc
  2. Me too Menthe. It's why it makes me a bit sad how far automatic translation is taking over. It's so easy now to live in France and use your smartphone or pc to translate incoming and outgoing communications and information so that it's almost as if there's no language barrier any more, you don't need to learn the language. But any subtle play on words gets lost, the nuances get lost, the humour gets lost and you'll never get anything out of French poetry or literature, it reduces language to purely functional and takes all the fun and pleasure and stimulation out of it. Anyways I see the forum is already being slammed for having threads about wimpish things like flowers and language and not being controversial enough in its new reincarnation. I wondered how long it would take before the whipping up started. So I'm off again, but it was nice chatting quietly about interesting things like language. Just like old times.
  3. Yes exactly. According to Larousse: cliché nom masculin (de clicher) 1. Phototype négatif servant au tirage des épreuves. 2. Vieux. Toute photographie : Montrer ses clichés de vacances. 3. Lieu commun, banalité qu'on redit souvent et dans les mêmes termes ; poncif. Synonymes : banalité - lieu commun - poncif - stéréotype and the verb clicher is to do with typesetting clicher verbe transitif (peut-être radical onomatopéique exprimant le bruit sec de la matrice) Couler un alliage métallique dans l'empreinte prise sur une forme typographique.
  4. I think cliché only sounds odd in that sense to us Engleesh because we've nicked it and use it differently. Its primary meaning in French has always been to do with photography and printing and images hasn't it. I suppose its other meaning kind of stems from that, the idea of taking one very basic snapshot and using it as a standard template in all kinds of situations.
  5. They're not actually remote control, nothing so hi tec - they're more like plastic keys that you have to put inside the slot. If that makes any difference. Maybe they can still be un fob.
  6. I suppose the outline of a weeping willow has a slight resemblence to the shape of a prawn? OK, it's a bit of a stretch. It really bugged me at the start of season here at the campsite that the electronic key fob thingies that you stick in the slot to open the barrier, are called "badges". Because, that's not what a badge is. But then I thought, what the heck do we call them in English anyway? And I have to admit that saying "voici votre badge pour la barrière" is a lot slicker than saying "here's your electronic key fob thingy to open the barrier". So by the end of season I've almost got reconciled to calling them badges.
  7. Yes absolutely, engagé can very often be best translated as committed or involved. So here it refers to a commitment to being eco responsable. It doesn't actually say that, but that's what a French person will understand from the context. This is a useful site to see the range of meanings a term can have and different ways of translating it into English according to context https://www.linguee.fr/francais-anglais/search?source=auto&query=engagé for instance in some of the examples, the meaning is closer to the English "engaged" in the sense of, recruited or taken on to provide a service, and in those cases committed or involved wouldn't work as a translation.
  8. Hello ALBF - long time no hear, are you doing OK? I missed you No we didn't have any drama here, there were a couple of little fires in the woods nearby and one time the smell of smoke reached the campsite but they didn't spread. Soon be wrapping up, another fortnight then I'm gone. Actually it's been a cracker of a season, I've enjoyed myself. Nice to retire on a high
  9. Shorthand for "éco-engagé" which has become a buzzword. Engagement éco responsable and all that. Clothing produced in an environmentally responsible way. Nice to see the forum working again by the way.
  10. Funny you should ask that Mint cos I'm chain-reading them at the moment! I'm doing my usual summer work thing and policiers are my go-to drug to help me relax of an evening and days off. I'm getting through on average two every 3 weeks. For want of a better way of deciding what to get next, I've started doing a search on "Prix du quai des Orfèvres", on the basis that if it won a prize it can't be bad, and working my way through the ones that are available second hand for a couple of euro. Some have been better tha others but none has been a dud and there's been a couple of crackers that I couldn't put down. All well written and well plotted and I've discovered a couple of authors that I intend to pursue further. I've also gone back to Bernard Minier, I used to be a fan and then I read one I didn't much like and it put me off, but I just read Soeurs and enjoyed it. Who needs real life when it's so much nicer to escape into a book :-)
  11. Oh you spoilsport 😎 Let it run, it's priceless.
  12. Never said it was right, how would I know. But Ipsos MORI is generally seen as a reputable source. I asked for the source that supports the 99% claim, which you didn't provide. Making unsubstantiated or spurious claims because you can't be arsed to find out or because a lie is more convenient than the truth, is so passé. Just ask Boris what happens when factchecking keeps proving you wrong.
  13. Citation from a reliable source, please? Cf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_sexual_orientation#United_Kingdom An Ipsos MORI survey on behalf of BBC[91] found that British people aged 16–22 (also called Generation Z) have lower odds to identify as exclusively straight (66%) than those who belong to the Millennial generation (71%), Generation X (85%), or Baby boomers (88%). This was 2017, and if the figures have stayed on trend they will have shifted towards fewer exclusively straight since then.
  14. And that sums up exactly why a certain group of people, mostly older people who live fairly secluded lives, have such a problem with this whole thing. They can't imagine / accept a world where everybody is not like them, where there has been a culture shift from the times they grew up in, where the accepted norms and values are changing. What would you address these people as?
  15. Good luck trying to get customer service out of Veolia in English, or in any other language come to that. I've been trying to get some kind of customer service out of them in French for three weeks without success. They are useless.
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