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  1. captainahags says

    I don’t speak french, but I’m guessing the headline means something to the effect of “She is nothing but a chicken?”

  2. maudell says

    Francophone here: ‘poule’ (as slang) doesn’t really mean ‘chicken’ (as in ‘you’re too chicken to do this’). It’s much closer to ‘chick’, but with a slut/whore connotation. In other words, he’s sexualizing her.

  3. Christophe Thill says

    I’d say it means: “You silly female, you’re doing nothing but making meaningless noise. Shut up, stupid bird, and let the big boys work.”

    I don’t think there’s a real sexual allusion here. “Poule” once had a sexual meaning (a hooker) but it’s rather old-fashioned today. Best proof being that “ma poule” is a common affectionate word.

    Just plain old sexism here.

  4. says

    What a beautiful accent she has. French French is so pretty. Canadian French is more…well, it kinda has a same feeling to me as like a Brooklyn accent in English? Not bad, but different. Very different.

  5. JohnnieCanuck says

    CaitieCat, I know what you mean.

    I worked with some Francophones in Ottawa and it was quite the light bulb moment when I finally figured out a common conversational response that I would overhear. “Way, way” is just yes, yes.

    I had many years of high school French in Western Canada but it wasn’t immersion or really, even conversational. Most of my teachers were Anglophones so there was no exposure to a Québecois accent.

    When my daughter went to a CEGEP in northern Québec after her BC French immersion high school, no-one could place her accent, except to say, “You’re not from around here?” She now works as a translator for Parliament.

  6. AsqJames says

    I worked with some Francophones in Ottawa and it was quite the light bulb moment when I finally figured out a common conversational response that I would overhear. “Way, way” is just yes, yes.

    Interesting. I’ve heard “oui” pronounced “way” in the French Pyrenees. I wonder if there are further similarities?

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