Archive for September, 2013

Y’a du monde en crisse

In a department store, I witnessed a guy in his 30s take a look at the long line-up at the cash and then say to his girlfriend:

Y’a du monde en crisse.
There’s a lot of fucking people.

y’a du monde
= il y a du monde
= there’s a lot of people

The expression en crisse makes it stronger. Using this expression is swearing.

The pronunciation of crisse is pretty close to the way the English name “Chris” sounds with a short i, but pronounced with a French r.

Crisse comes from the name Christ. That’s why it’s considered a swear word, un sacre.


On the métro, a lady got angry when a bunch of little kids got on the train and made noise.

She called them p’tits crisses, or “little shits.”

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I’m in a café. There’s free WiFi here, or WiFi gratuit.

In Québec, the pronunciation of WiFi follows the English pronunciation.

There’s a kid near me reading a Wikipédia article on his laptop about le bouclier canadien, the Canadian Shield.

In Québec, the adjective canadien is dzidzuated. It’s pronounced ca-na-dzien.

Wikipédia is also dzidzuated. It’s pronounced wi-ki-pé-dzia.

I’m looking out the window. It looks like it’s going to rain.

The verb “to rain” is pleuvoir in French. You’ll also sometimes hear it said as mouiller in Québec.

Il pleut and il mouille mean the same thing. If you hear someone say y mouille, that’s an informal pronunciation of il mouille.

Today is Labour Day, la fête du Travail.

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6 vélos max dans la première voitureIn yesterday’s entry about the dzidzu and tsitsu in the métro, Luke wrote in the comment section: Les vélos vont dans la première voi-tsure!

In the métro stations, there are adhesive signs on the platforms that read:

Les vélos vont dans la première voiture.

This tells cyclists that they must board the train with their bike in the first car only.

As Luke points out in his comment, voiture is pronounced voi-tsure in Québec.

On a related sign in the métro, we read:

6 vélos max.
dans la première voiture

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