I took a look at some of the search terms visitors have used recently to land on OffQc via Google. In this post, I’ll try to provide the answers these visitors were looking for.
The search terms (in blue) are reproduced here exactly as the visitor spelled them in Google.
GOOGLE SEARCH TERMS #1:
french canadian pronunciation of the word “pet” (fart)
The French word for fart is un pet. What I think you were probably wondering is whether or not the t on the end of pet is pronounced. The answer is yes. You’ll hear pet pronounced pètt in Québec.
GOOGLE SEARCH TERMS #2:
le mot quebecois away la
The word you’re looking for is enweille or aweille. (The weille part sounds like the English word way. Other spellings are used as well, like awèye and enwèye.) Saying enweille! to someone is a way of motivating that person (as in you can do it!) or telling that person to get a move on, to hurry up (as in come on!).
For example, a coach might say enweille! to his players to encourage them (i.e., let’s go, you can do it!), or an angry parent might say it to his dillydallying child (i.e., come on, let’s go, move it!).
The expression let’s go! is also used in French, and it might be used alongside enweille:
Enweille, let’s go, let’s go!
You can do it, let’s go, let’s go!
Enweille, let’s go, let’s go!
Hurry up, let’s go, let’s go!
The Google searcher also wrote la in his search terms, which is of course là. Là can be used with enweille for emphasis: Enweille, là!
GOOGLE SEARCH TERMS #3:
meaning je capote
Je capote can mean either I love it! (when happy) or I’m flipping out! (when angry).
For example, if someone’s really excited about something (winning a prize, for example), that person might say je capote! (I love it! This is so awesome!). A person who’s really angry about something might also say je capote! (I’m flipping out! I’m freaking out!).
The spontaneously used pronunciation is in fact j’capote, which sounds like ch’capote.
GOOGLE SEARCH TERMS #4:
expression prendre une brosse
The Québécois expression prendre une brosse means to get drunk, wasted, sloshed, etc. A variation on this expression is virer une brosse.
GOOGLE SEARCH TERMS #5
tu es fine in English
Tu es fine literally means you’re nice, you’re kind. It can also be translated as that’s kind of you. Fine is the feminine form. The masculine form is fin.
Remember, tu es contracts to t’es in regular speech (sounds like té), so you’ll hear it said spontaneously as t’es fine (for a woman) and t’es fin (for a man).
Other ways you can hear it said are: t’es ben fine, t’es ben fin and t’es don’ ben fine, t’es don’ ben fin. Ben sounds like the French word bain; it’s a contraction of bien. Ben fine and ben fin mean very kind, very nice. Don’ (from donc) adds even more emphasis. T’es don’ ben fine! (to a woman) You’re really kind! You’re really nice! That’s so very kind of you!
GOOGLE SEARCH TERMS #6
capoti bain bain raide
What you want is capoter ben ben raide. Here’s the verb capoter again. Capoter ben raide means to totally flip out (in anger), to flip out big time, to totally lose it, etc.
Again, ben is a contraction of bien; it sounds like the French word bain. It means really here, and it can be repeated for emphasis. Raide literally means stiff, but it’s used here to reinforce, like ben.
J’ai capoté ben raide!
I totally flipped out! I totally lost it! I lost it big time!
GOOGLE SEARCH TERMS #7
en calvaire québécois
In a recent post, we saw that être en tabarnak is a vulgar way of saying to be angry, similar to the English to be pissed off. Être en calvaire means the same thing. If you’re en calvaire, then you’re pissed off.
En calvaire can also be used as a rude reinforcer, like a vulgar version of the word très. (This goes for en tabarnak as well.) I’ fait chaud en calvaire, for example, means it’s really goddamn hot out.
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