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Do you know what the red thing's called? (Answer below.)

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

a) disappointed
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





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b) an angry look on the face
Note: Boeuf is pronounced beu in this expression.

a) cheeky, arrogant person

a) nom-bri (silent L)
Note: Nom-brile is heard in France.

c) to flunk one’s exam

b) stiff, aching

a) to lose one’s temper
Note: The final fs in nerfs is silent.

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.

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In this La Presse article about the use of coupons at Maxi (a supermarket in Québec), we learn that une couponneuse is an avid coupon collector and user.

According to the article (16 June 2013), the majority of couponneuses are women between the ages of 25 and 45:

[…] les accros des coupons, qu’on appelle familièrement les couponneuses (majoritairement des femmes de 25 à 45 ans).


After writing about the expression être s’a coche, Eva commented that she knew another expression from Québec using the word coche: péter une coche.

This expression means to get angry and “blow a fuse” or “lose it.” Here’s an example of this expression pulled from the Wikébec glossary:

Y’a pété une coche quand y’a coulé son examen.
= Il a pété une coche quand il a coulé son examen.
He lost it when he flunked his exam.

You may also hear sauter une coche used in the same sense.


You’ve already seen the verb couler from the example above (couler son examen) if you’ve read this entire blog. I’ve used examples of it from TV series like Les Parent, La Galère and 30 vies. The kids in these shows talk about flunking at school using the verb couler.

For example, Olivier in Les Parent said this about his maths teacher:

Y fait couler tout le monde!
He flunks everybody!

[Les Parent, season 4, episode 15, Radio-Canada, Montréal, 6 February 2012]

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