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  1. #21
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    Mar 2010
    That explains it - I know that toile translates as 'cloth' but I didn't see the connection. So what has a cow got to do with surprise?

    There have been several threads about Americans having different meanings for common words like fag (cigarette/gay man) or petrol/gas etc, but it seems French and English might actually be worse

    The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
    T Pratchett.

  2. #22
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    Feb 2012
    La "vache" is used for a cow but also for a bad/hard woman. At first it was used to express a negative surprise, something bad done by the "vache " (the hard woman). Then it was used for any kind of surprise.
    It's true that languages are sometimes surprising !

    "It's raining cats and dogs" is seen in a very astonishing way by French !!!

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