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
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27th February 2012, 09:16 PM #21The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
28th February 2012, 08:23 AM #22Ship's Cat Member
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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 !!!