French Slang Expressions with the Letter B (bis) Posted by Hichem on May 5, 2010 in Vocabulary
We saw last time bachoter; bagnole; barbant; barge/bargeot; se barrer; baston.
– Cramming = bachoter.
Example: “I’m cramming for my exam tonight.”
– Spill = Accouche!
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This four-letter acronym stands for “Bon Chic, Bon Genre“, meaning stylish, chic, posh, or conseravtively “preppy”.
You can look très BCBG if you’re very fashionable, and your style is très soigné.
I was maybe 8 or 9 years old when this American dessin animé (cartoon) aired on French TV. It was called “Le Club BÉCÉ BÉGÉ.” Maybe you guys have seen it too? Its original name is “The Beverly Hills Teens“!
* Beau Gosse:
To be handsome, good-looking (for a guy.) The equivalent for a girl would be “belle gosse.“
Intrinsically related to this term argotique is the newly-introduced-into-French-society, “cutting-edge” concept, or rather phenomenon, of “la bogossitude.”
Maybe you can tell us if the “inventor” of “la bogossitude” (his name, by the way, is “Mickael Vendetta”) is actually… “for real.”
If you do, you’d be doing a great favor to la France, because no one seems to have figured it out yet…
A motobike, or a bike in general. Another synonym of bécane is mobylette. By extension, bécane also refers to any type of machine, like a computer, laptop, etc.
“Creepy-crawly” insect. Also by extension any (small) animal.
Literally means “wheat”, but stands for money, like “dough”, “loot”, “ca$h”, or “bread” (connection with “wheat”), etc. Some common synonyms are (la) tune, (le) fric, (le) pognon.
A lie, or a fake news story.
By itself, it just means “luck”. Example: “T’en as du bol, dis-donc !” (“You’re pretty lucky!”)
“En avoir ras le bol”, means to be fed-up with something, to be sick and tired of it.
Means to work hard. If it’s in the sense of “studying hard”, then you can say, like we saw before, “bachoter.”
Be careful not to pronounce the verb bouffer (to eat) the same way you would pronounce “buffet” !
A job. As in the (Parisian) motto: “boulot, métro, dodo“!
Trendy. Like a BCBG would be!