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French Weird Word

Weird word is abracadabrantesque, which means lacking credibilty, or unbelievable.

Why say ‘ludicrous’ when there’s a more crazily fun way to say it, eh?

December 30, 2016

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arzhig

A more "official" version of that word that will be found in every dictionary is "abracadabrant". "Abracadabrantesque" was a purposely ludicrous variant created by poet Arthur Rimbaud. I'm not sure how many dictionaries have included it, but what made the word really popular recently was the fact that president Jacques Chirac used it once (was it on TV? can't remember), and was made fun of by everyone because of it, because people didn't believe it actually existed. Still, people have taken it on, and it's actually more used now in daily speech than "abracadabrant"!!

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MartinCroft

Wow, I like this word! It sounds really cool and I'll definitely be using it from now on :). Also, I need to focus on my French a little bit more because I used to speak quite well and now I've forgotten a lot ;).

Merci de nous avoir montré ce mot ! Je vais l'ultilser quand j'aurai une opportunité de parler en français ! :)

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

De rien!

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BobTheTriangle

My favorite word is Saperlipopette, meaning basically: my goodness! Can it be added as a french word of the day sometime?

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dagobertinchen

Saperlipopette sounds very similar to the German word "sapperlott" , which is indeed the same word. http://en.pons.com/translate/german-french/Sapperlot+sapperlott

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

Oui, il peut pour demain!

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BobTheTriangle

Thanks!

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

De rien!

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grace1204

Cool! Merci!

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KolonelSpons

Abracadabrantesque, used in a sentence: "The existence of such a word is frankly abracadabrantesque."

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

XDDD but it is a real word.

December 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GautZGaut

Ok, but 'abracadabrantesque' is not in the official dictionary ;) Use it with caution :) but funny word yes !

December 30, 2016
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