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Appeler un chat un chat

Appeler un chat un chat literally translates to calling a cat a cat. It’s the equivalent of telling it like it is, or calling a spade a spade in English. When you call a spade a spade, you simply see the ugly truth, and put it very bluntly. Here’s an example:

“Attends, tu veux vraiment dire qu’il est stupide?!”

“Écoute, il faut appeler un chat un chat.”

“Wait, do you actually think he’s stupid?!”

“Listen, I’m just telling it like it is.”

March 5, 2016



I think I have a new favorite French phrase.


Oui! Moi aussi, HelenCalde!


c'est hilarant!


J'ADORE LES CHATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Je suis daccord


    I love this, I love learning new idiomatic phrases in foreign languages. However, what I don't think you should ever do is call un chat une chatte, or un chien une chienne. I used to live and work in France, and the feminine versions are not polite! Une chienne translates as a b*tch (insult) and une chatte is the female sex organ. If I am wrong, please can someone tell me. Thanks.

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