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The Routledge Dictionary of Cultural References in sleek French finds the hidden cultural size of up to date French, as utilized in the clicking, going past the restricted and in basic terms lexical method of conventional bilingual dictionaries. Even overseas novices of French who own an excellent point of French frequently have hassle in totally knowing French articles, no longer due to any linguistic shortcomings on their half yet as a result of their insufficient wisdom of the cultural references. This cultural dictionary of French offers the reader with transparent and concise reasons of the an important cultural size at the back of the main often used phrases and words present in the modern French press. This important historical past details, accrued right here during this cutting edge and pleasing dictionary, will permit readers to move past a superficial realizing of the French press and the French language usually, to work out the hidden but implied cultural value that's so obvious to the local speaker. Key beneficial properties: a wide variety of cultural references from the ancient and literary to the preferred and classical, with an in-depth research of punning mechanisms. over 3,000 cultural references defined a three-level indicator of frequency over six hundred inquiries to attempt wisdom prior to and after analyzing. The Routledge Dictionary of Cultural References in smooth French is the precise reference for all undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of French trying to improve their knowing of the French language. it's going to even be of curiosity to academics, translators and Francophiles alike. French scholars in khagne, Sciences-Po and colleges of journalism also will locate this precious and proper for his or her stories.

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Lucky Luke Lucky Luke is a comic strip and cartoon character created in 1946 by the Belgian, Maurice de Bévère (1923–2001), whose pen name was Morris. Lucky Luke is a ‘poor lonesome cowboy’ accompanied by his dog Rantanplan and his faithful steed Jolly Jumper. His sworn enemies are the Dalton brothers. He has given the French language an immortal expression ‘Il tire plus vite que son ombre’ (‘He is so quick on the draw that he beats his own shadow’) generally translated by ‘the fastest draw in the West’.

La ‘T’as de beaux yeaux, tu sais’ *** Immortal words from the film by Marcel Carné in 1938 Quai des Brumes, based on a novel by Pierre Mac Orlan Le Quai des Brumes published in 1927. This phrase remains one of the most famous lines in the history of French cinema spoken by Jean Gabin to Michèle Morgan. * Tati A store originally located in the boulevard Barbès in the poor eighteenth arrondissement of Paris and selling cheap fabrics and clothes. There are now several branches elsewhere. Téléphone pleure.

Marais’ means ‘marsh’ or ‘marshland’. See Chapter 12 Geographical names ‘Le Marais’. Enfer. ’ Organized in 1844, this was the part of the Bibliothèque Nationale to which nobody could have access given that it contained all of the books considered to be ‘contraires aux bonnes mœurs’ (contrary to accepted standards of good behaviour). In 1969, the ban came to an end and such books could be consulted on request. entreprise (ne) connaît pas la crise. Ma petite ** The title of one of the hits of the singer and composer Alain Bashung (1947–2009) (‘My little firm is unaffected by the recession’).

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