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prendre une débarque

Overheard on the radio — la débarque de Madonna. The radio host talked about Madonna’s débarque on stage this week: she fell backwards off it.

The informal expression prendre une débarque used in Québec means to fall, to take a spill.

Une débarque is a fall, une chute.

If you spend any time walking in Québec streets in the winter, you know you have to be careful about not taking a débarque on the ice.

In fact, I saw a man take a débarque on the sidewalk just after hearing about Madonna’s on the radio.

TVA Nouvelles used this headline to talk about Madonna’s fall:

Méchante débarque pour Madonna!

Méchant is used in the headline in the sense of nasty.

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C'est sûr que tu vas pogner un ticket.

C’est sûr que tu vas pogner un ticket.

I’m of the opinion that we can never have enough examples of the informal verb pogner on OffQc. So here are five more!

Remember, the sense behind pogner is one of catching, grabbing or getting a hold of something.

I came across this comment left by a female on another female’s new Facebook profile image:

Ah ben maudit, j’viens de pogner une érection.
Ah well damn, I just got an erection.

I then typed je viens de pogner in Google to find out what other things people have just recently got, other than erections. Here’s what I found in the results:

Je viens de pogner un ticket parce que je textais à une lumière rouge et vous savez quoi? Tant mieux pour moi car criss de mauvaise habitude.
I just got a ticket because I was texting at a red light and you know what? Serves me right because (it’s a) fuckin’ bad habit.

The t in ticket is pronounced. Remember, a traffic light is known as both une lumière and un feu in Québec. Lumière is an informal usage in the sense of traffic light.

This commenter just got a new car and had this to say:

Je viens de pogner le meilleur deal de ma vie.
I just got the best deal of my life.

This person got a cramp in his calf:

Je viens de pogner une crampe au mollet gauche. Je pensais mourir, osti!
I just got a cramp in my left calf. I thought I was gonna die, dammit!

More health issues…

Quelqu’un a des Tylénol ou des Advil extra fort? Je viens de pogner un méchant mal de tête.
Anybody got extra strength Tylenol or Advil? I just got a wicked headache.

So there you go — five new examples to add to your growing knowledge of the verb pogner:

  • pogner une érection
  • pogner un ticket
  • pogner un deal
  • pogner une crampe
  • pogner un mal de tête

Image credit: Le Devoir

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Méchant beau char

Méchant beau char

In entry #684, a girl exclaimed celui-là est malade! as she pointed to a famous building made of Mega Bloks at a centre d’achats (shopping centre).

Although the literal meaning of malade is “sick,” it meant “awesome” or “amazing” when the girl used it to describe the Mega Bloks display.

Way back in entry #267, Hugo from the television show La Galère uses the word écoeurant to describe his new appart (informal word for “apartment” which sounds like the English word “apart”).

The literal meaning of écoeurant is disgusting, but this word can also take on the meaning “awesome” or “amazing.” So when Hugo says that his appart is écoeurant, he means that it’s amazing… not disgusting!

In La Galère, Hugo also says that he’s going to get une job écoeurante, “an amazing job.”

Ken asks whether méchant has this double meaning as well. Recently, I saw a sign for a lost dog in my neighbourhood. The owner of the dog was offering une méchante grosse récompense to the person who could return his dog to him.

The literal meaning of méchant is “wicked,” but, on the sign for the lost dog, it takes on a positive sense (an amazingly big reward, a wicked big reward).

Celui-là est malade!
That one’s awesome!

un appart écoeurant
an awesome apartment
(and not “a disgusting apartment”)

une job écoeurante
an amazing job
(and not “a disgusting job”)

une méchante grosse récompense
an amazingly big reward

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