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Dropzonetoe Fezian07 Mar 2014 7:11 p.m. PST

I am currently reading The Fourty-Five Guardsmen by Dumas but there is a number of French phrases I don't understand what they mean. I could try translating them but most time Babblefish and their like tend to butcher phrases.

The trio that keep popping up are;

Ventre de biche

Mon Dieu

Ma Foi

I have been mentally translating them as;
Son of a bitch
My god
my friend

Love to see how close I got?

Jakar Nilson07 Mar 2014 8:00 p.m. PST

"Ma foi" translates directly as "my faith", and is pretty much an oath. Never heard "ventre de biche" before, but they do like getting their tummies rubbed.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Mar 2014 8:04 p.m. PST

Ventre de biche is "doe colored", a pinky-orange hue. I'm not sure how that other thing would make sense in context.

Mon Dieu is "my God", in a surprise way, like "Holy cow!", and so is "ma foi" … "my faith". Neither of these really means anything, they are more like interjections.

EDIT: As I walked away, I remembered there are a number of French colloquialisms where you use various colors to indicate various unkind traits, usually linked to illness. If someone called someone else or said someone else was "ventre de biche", it would likely be translated into Texan as, "lily-livered, yellow-bellied pond scum" or possibly into Elizabethan as "makes many fish-wives".

Dropzonetoe Fezian07 Mar 2014 8:06 p.m. PST

Ventre de biche in the text.


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Mar 2014 8:13 p.m. PST

OK … in that context, he is saying that Joyeuse is a pale (or more precicely, biege) wuss-a-saurus.

Dropzonetoe Fezian07 Mar 2014 8:23 p.m. PST

Odd, but thanks!

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2014 9:36 a.m. PST

All idioms are odd.

Jemima Fawr Inactive Member14 Mar 2014 2:59 a.m. PST

Are you saying that the pages are covered in ejaculations?

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