In a conversation, a guy said j’capote avec ça ben raide.
When someone says j’capote, you can be sure that person has lost their calm.
What you need the context to tell you though is if the person has lost their calm in a good way (because of excitement, happiness…) or in a bad way (because of anger, worry…).
J’ai gagné! J’capote!
I won! I’m so happy! I’m so excited!
J’capote… j’ai perdu toutes mes photos.
I’m freaking out… I lost all my photos.
The guy who said j’capote avec ça ben raide used j’capote in its negative sense. He was distressed.
J’capote avec ça ben raide.
I’m totally freaking out about it.
Ben raide is an informal intensifier, similar in meaning to English’s totally. Remember, ben is pronounced bin. It sounds like the French word bain. The informally contracted j’capote sounds like ch’capote.
The guy didn’t just say capoter – he said capoter avec.
Capote pas avec ça.
Arrête don’ de capoter avec ça.
Don’t freak out about it/that.
Stop freaking out about it/that.
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