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 Post subject: French/Patois phrase for ....
PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:47 pm 
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don't sh*t on your own doorstep!


Thought this might be a handy comment for when our neighbour finally delivers some wood that we've been waiting for for, oh, about two years! We did an emergency lawn mowing for him, when he'd broken down, jumping the queue of our own clients. He said he'd pay the 70€ in wood ...... fair enough. The client had already paid him for the job, so it was he who was supposed to pay us.

Asked several times, and managed to catch him again yesterday, and he's supposed to be dropping off a link box load of wood today - better be 70€ worth or I'll roar! \M/ We may be English, but we're not stupid!

So, said phrase above seemed relevant when he does eventually turn up! ;;)

May as well wait for a pig to fly over! :)) :@)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:06 am 
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No-one know a French equivalent phrase then? :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:10 am 
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It's a very anglophone idiom and I'm not sure if there is any equivalent in French :lol:

But if you mean something like "Don't bite the hand that feeds you" you could say "Ne mordez pas la main qui vous nourrit" - he should get the message :)

And don't forget - I wasn't born yesterday = Je ne suis pas née de la dernière pluie :lol: (or nous ne sommes pas nés ..... etc)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:29 am 
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I was try g to explain the meaning of the phrase to our teenagers, as they've obviously never even heard it in English!

I actually found that hard as it's so clear to us. I'm going to see how wiki defines it! :lol:

Edit. Biting the hand that feeds seems close, but au point was "don't f*ck the help!" Ie, we put ourselves and other clients out to answer his call for help, two summers ago, and why are we still waiting for payment. He got paid, we did the job.

Oh, and surprise, surprise, he still hasn't turned up! X(. I gave him the benefit of the doubt a year ago as he had no wood (apparently), but he has now as he regularly passes our house with deliveries of wood for others.

I don't want to make an enemy of him, as he's a simple folk, but I don't like people taking the piss. We could have demanded money, but thought that wood was an easy option for him.

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Fait pas chier! = don't give me that sh*t
I can't get a doorstep version, will have to ask around!

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I'll ask my young German friend then, might sound daft but he has lived here since he was 2, and had to think hard before answering my question as to whether he felt French or German. French, was the answer.

He is an auto electrician and has been making my Teardrop caravan really comfy inside and well lit from the outside. His English is pretty good too, if a bit American influenced at times. :lol:

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