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A young man said in French an equivalent of I’m getting fed up. To say this, he used the adjective tanné (fed up), which is frequently heard in colloquial French.

Here’s what he said:

J’commence à êt’ tanné!
I’m gettin’ fed up!

If you’ve read Contracted French and listened to the files that come with it, you’ll remember that a contracted j’ before c makes the French ch sound. J’commence sounds like ch’commence.

With être, the final re has a tendency of dropping in speech: êt’. (The final t is pronounced.)

Can you now say what je capote sounds like in spoken language when it contracts? For example, what might the following sound like?

Ah wow, je capote!
Ah wow, I’m ecstatic (about it)!

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I spotted a Québécois usage on the cover of the magazine Ricardo yesterday.

Tanné de jeter de la bouffe?
Tired of throwing food away?

The expression to learn is être tanné, which means to be tired, fed up.

je suis tanné
(pronounced informally chu tanné)
I’m fed up

If you want to say what you’re sick of, use être tanné de, for example: être tanné de la chaleur, être tanné d’étudier, être tanné de quelqu’un.

Then there’s tanner (to irritate) and tannant (irritating)…

Way back in #241 (Tu me tannes), there’s an example from 30 vies where a character called Blaise is tired of listening to his classmate Massoud lecture him.

Blaise says to Massoud: tu me tannes, you irritate me. We could describe Massoud as being tannant, or irritating.

Learn la bouffe too, if you don’t know it. It means food. Maybe you’ve come across bouffe before in the supermarket IGA’s slogan Vive la bouffe (literally, “long live food”).

tanné, fed up
tanner, to irritate
tannant, irritating
la bouffe, food

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I like Lisa LeBlanc’s profile description on Twitter (@lisaleblancyo):

J’fais du Folk-Trash, j’viens d’un village de 40 personnes pi j’u tannée de chanter des chansons fi-filles.

I do trash folk, I come from a village of 40 people an’ I’m sick of singing girly-girl songs.

Le folk-trash is what Lisa LeBlanc calls her musical genre. Her music is folk, but the lyrics are bolder and… trashier.

For example, her song called Câlisse-moi là means “Fucking dump me,” and the one called Ma vie, c’est de la marde means “My life is shitty.”

We’ve seen hundreds of times on OffQc that pis is very frequently used as a synonym of et. Pis is a contraction of puis. It’s pronounced pi, and that’s exactly how Lisa LeBlanc has chosen to spell it here.

Unlike et though, pis is an informal usage only. We can say pis is just as informal sounding (and just as normal sounding) as English’s “and” contracted to “an’.”

What’s that j’u in there? It means je suis. We’ve also seen many, many times on OffQc how je suis can contract informally to j’suis, which sounds like chu or chui. Lisa LeBlanc has chosen to spell it as j’u here, but it sounds like chu.

Do you wonder where the ch sound in chu comes from? When je suis contracts to j’suis, the j’s is pronounced ch.

The informally contracted j’s always sounds like ch, which is also why je sais contracted to j’sais sounds like ché.

Every self-respecting learner of Québécois French must master the expression être tanné de! It means “to be fed up with,” “to be tired of,” “to be sick of,” “to have had enough of.”

The expression être tanné de can be followed by a noun or a verb: Chu tannée de chanter des chansons fi-filles. Chu tannée des chansons fi-filles.

Remember that tannée is the feminine form; the masculine form is tanné.

One last word to look at from the description: fi-fille. If Lisa LeBlanc’s music is trash folk or du folk-trash, then it’s definitely not gonna sound all prissy with sappy love songs and shit. I mean, just fuckin’ câlisse-moi là, right?

The fi part of fi-fille is a shortening of fille. If we wanted to translate fi-fille very literally, we’d get gi-girl or gi-girly. Nobody says that in English though, so fi-fille means “prissy,” “girly-girl” or just “girly.”

If you had trouble understanding Lisa LeBlanc’s profile description at the beginning of this post, read it again now:

J’fais du Folk-Trash, j’viens d’un village de 40 personnes pi j’u tannée de chanter des chansons fi-filles.

Now go read or reread all the posts on OffQc related to Lisa LeBlanc or discover her trashy, anti-fi-fille music on her website!

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Carrot slop again? ffffff... chu tanné de t'ça.

Carrot slop again? Pffffff… chu tanné de ça.

In Montréal today, a woman in her 60s said:

Je suis tannée, je suis tannée de t’ça.
I’m fed up, I’m fed up with it.

What’s de t’ça?

It’s an informal pronunciation that you’ll sometimes hear for de ça.

The de t’ part just sounds like de with a t sound on the end, followed by ça, as if it were deutt ça.

It was a woman in her 60s who said de t’ça, but it can be heard in any age group during informal conversations.

You don’t need to start saying de t’ça yourself. Just learn to recognise it. The regular de ça pronunciation works in any language situation, for example: je suis tanné de ça, or more informally: chu tanné de ça.

If you are going to use de t’ça though, keep it for informal language situations.

By the way, the woman really did say je suis, and not the informal contracted forms j’sus (chu) or j’suis (chui).

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Remember this ad aimed at people with drug addictions?

Tanné d’être gelé?
Had it with being stoned?
Sick of being stoned?

Literally, gelé means frozen.

That sums up how someone who’s stoned looks.

Tanné means fed up. So, je suis tanné (which you can also hear pronounced informally as chu tanné or chui tanné), means “I’m fed up” or “I’ve had it.”

Tanné d'être gelé?I saw a new version of the ad the other day.

Now that it’s summer, the ad reads like this:

Tanné d’être gelé?
même l’été

It’s a play on words:

Had it with being frozen (i.e., stoned), even in the summer?

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Tanné d'être gelé?

This ad seen in métro Atwater asks:

Tanné d’être gelé?
Had it with being stoned?

The ad is aimed at people with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions.

être tanné de
to be fed up with

gelé
stoned, drugged

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With the snow falling in Montréal, you may find yourself pris dans le trafic — stuck in traffic.

This morning, a radio host on Rouge FM asked a listener who called in from her car:

T’es toujours prise dans le trafic?

If you’re sick of being stuck in traffic, you might describe yourself as being tanné d’être pris dans le trafic.

J’suis tannée d’être prise dans le trafic!
(for a female speaker)

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