What’s the red thing called? (Answer below.)
Flash quiz, 7 questions! The answers follow, with a few notes where necessary.
1. If someone’s got a face de boeuf, he or she has
a) a hungry look on the face
b) an angry look on the face
c) a confused look on the face
2. Someone who’s baveux is a
a) cheeky, arrogant person
b) sloppy, messy person
c) person who cries a lot
3. How is nombril (belly button) pronounced in Québec?
a) nom-bri (silent L)
b) nom-brile (L is pronounced)
c) Both are frequently heard in Québec.
4. The expression couler son examen means
a) to pass one’s exam with flying colours
b) to cheat on one’s exam
c) to flunk one’s exam
5. A person who’s raqué is
b) stiff, aching
c) fast asleep
6. The expression pogner les nerfs means
a) to lose one’s temper
b) to get really excited
c) to get stoned or drunk
7. The following expression hasn’t appeared on OffQc yet, but take a guess. Which of these means to pout, to sulk? Careful, only one of them is a real expression!
a) faire la fafoune
b) faire la baboune
c) faire la zazoune
1 b) an angry look on the face
Note: Boeuf is pronounced beu in this expression.
2 a) cheeky, arrogant person
3 a) nom-bri (silent L)
Note: Nom-brile is heard in France.
4 c) to flunk one’s exam
5 b) stiff, aching
6 a) to lose one’s temper
Note: The final fs in nerfs is silent.
7 b) faire la baboune
Note: It’s got nothing to do with baboons. Baboune derives from babine, an informal word for lip. (You stick it out when you pout.)
Image The red thing’s called une borne-fontaine.