Europeans are known for their creative use of language. When I was 8 and visiting Germany with my mother, her cousin Barbara drove us to Berlin for some sightseeing. Someone cut her off, and she yelled something explosive.
“What’d she say?” I asked my mom.
“She called him a toilet bowl diver.”
At 8 years old, this was the most hilarious thing I had ever heard.
Today’s post shows that the French are equally creative when it comes to talking about one of their favorite competitive sporting events: Le Tour de France. Read on for some really ingenious ways to talk about this famous race in its native tongue.
Sucer les roues: ‘To suck wheels’; to shadow another rider
Pédaler avec les oreilles: ‘To pedal with one’s ears’; to use poor technique
Les domestiques: ‘Servants’; riders who protect their team leader
Ne pas passer un pont de chemin de fer: ‘Unable to cross a railway bridge’; to be terrible at cycling up hills
La voiture-balai: ‘The broom car’; the car at the back of the race that “sweeps” up exhausted riders
Want to learn more French? Check it out here.
Know of any other creative European slang? Leave a comment and let us know.
Tour de France photo courtesy of Adam Baker/Creative Commons