By Michael Mould
The Routledge Dictionary of Cultural References in smooth French unearths the hidden cultural size of latest French, as utilized in the clicking, going past the restricted and only lexical method of conventional bilingual dictionaries.
Even overseas freshmen of French who own an outstanding point of French usually have hassle in totally realizing French articles, no longer as a result of any linguistic shortcomings on their half yet due to their insufficient wisdom of the cultural references.
This cultural dictionary of French presents the reader with transparent and concise reasons of the the most important cultural measurement at the back of the main usually used phrases and words present in the modern French press. This very important heritage details, amassed right here during this leading edge and exciting dictionary, will enable readers to head past a superficial figuring out of the French press and the French language generally, to work out the hidden but implied cultural importance that's so obvious to the local speaker.
a vast variety of cultural references from the old and literary to the preferred and classical, with an in-depth research of punning mechanisms.
over 3,000 cultural references defined
a three-level indicator of frequency
over six hundred inquiries to try wisdom ahead of and after reading.
The Routledge Dictionary of Cultural References in smooth French is the proper reference for all undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of French trying to improve their figuring out of the French language. it is going to even be of curiosity to lecturers, translators and Francophiles alike. French scholars in khâgne, Sciences-Po and faculties of journalism also will locate this invaluable and appropriate for his or her reviews.
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In huge, immense quantities’. It used to be in the beginning used with the verb ‘boire’. Larigot is a well-liked chorus in outdated consuming songs. The verb tirer is linked to wine as is the English identical ‘to draw’. This expression has been identified because the 16th century. *** tirer son épingle du jeu ‘To get out of a diﬃcult state of affairs with none loss’. it could actually check with the sport akin to ‘Mikado’ or confer with a slang sexual metaphor the place the ‘épingle’ is the intercourse of the male and ‘jeu’ is the feminine organ. tomber dessus comme l. a. vérole sur le bas clergé * unexpectedly and with violence, like a virus of pox or syphilis. This expression reﬂects the anti-clericalism conventional all through French heritage. ** tourner casaque ‘To swap one’s opinion noticeably and quickly’. The ‘casaque’ in query is a valet’s livery or army uniform. To ‘tourner casaque’ as a result capacity to alter livery or get together. this would be in comparison to the English expression ‘to be a turncoat’. ‘Tourner casaque’ is synonymous with ‘retourner sa veste’. * trêve des conﬁseurs nf. A time while political and diplomatic conﬂicts are suspended through the endof-year celebrations, i. e. a Christmas/New yr truce; the time in which confectioners don't paintings. Turc (une tête de) * this implies ‘a whipping boy’ or ‘whipping post’. The Turks or the Moors have usually been represented as ‘the enemy’. Heads produced from cardboard representing the Turk have been utilized in the previous for capturing perform. on the finish of the 19th century, it used to be the identify given to a eighty two vache enragée (manger de l. a.) volée de bois vert nf. online game on the funfair which consisted of punching a head (depicting a Turk) to check in one’s actual energy. Turk additionally has the connotation of serious power. ** vache enragée (manger de los angeles) This expression capability ‘to pass though not easy instances. ’ An early eighteenthcentury expression, it used to intend to be in such determined conditions as to be ready to consume meat from a diseased animal that were killed for purposes of hygiene. * vau l’eau (aller à) loc. adv. A sixteenth-century expression indicating ‘to persist with the current’, i. e. to descend, to visit the canine, to be at the street to spoil. *** veiller au grain ‘To be vigilant’ and to maintain an eye fixed open for difficulty. Grain during this context is a nautical time period that suggests ‘a squall’, i. e. a surprising, violent, if short-lived, blast of wind, and has not anything to do with cereals. * vendre los angeles mèche ‘To supply the sport away,’ ‘to allow the cat out of the bag’. The verb ‘vendre’ and the earlier participle ‘vendu’ are usually linked to betrayal (cf. ‘sold down the river’). vessies pour des lanternes (prendre des) nfpl. ** ‘To imagine that the moon is made from cheese,’ ‘to have the wool pulled over one’s eyes,’ ‘to be particularly incorrect. ’ Lanternes within the sixteenth-century feel intended ‘absurdities’ whereas the verb vessier intended to ‘blow up like a balloon’. That stated, lampshades are frequently made from ‘vessie de porc’, i. e. pig’s bladder. * virer casaque See above ‘tourner casaque’. * virer sa cuti This time period comes from the outside try out to display for tuberculosis.