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Is it true Notch Johnson coined the phrase “pardon my french”?

Question by tobias funke: Is it true Notch Johnson coined the phrase “pardon my french”?

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Answer by D Piddy
The term was first noted in Harper’s Magazine in 1895. For decades, there has been an association between the French language and people with vulgarity, sex, and obscenity (see Francophobia). It’s possible that when someone cursed, they would equate the vulgar word with, what they considered, a vulgar language. Another origin may be the usage of actual French profanity instead of English profanity to be more polite.

But, sadly, I could not find any mention of Notch Johnson

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French: simple and complex relative pronouns?

Question by gta: French: simple and complex relative pronouns?
Please. explain the following and give examples of simple and complex relative pronouns. Also, please explain being “familiar with their possible alternatives”:

“When they can, French speakers tend to use simple relative pronouns because they are shorter and more casual.

On the other hand, the compound relative pronouns are always correct after a preposition. It is therefore safer for you to systematically use compound relative pronouns when the common noun of the second of two sentences [being united] is preceded by a preposition. Until you are familiar with their possible alternatives, You may sound formal, but your sentence will be correct. “

[Chauderlot 337; explanation of common noun is mine]

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Answer by philippe
That’s what I told you about the hotels, sans qui is correct but it’s better to say sans lesquels .
“J’ai acheté une voiture, avec laquelle j’ai fait le tour de France” .
I cannot talk about alternatives, as it seems to me there are as many possible alternatives as sentences . You can always rephrase your sentence .

We won’t use qui after a prep speaking about a car, that’s sûre . And we rather say prep+ quoi speaking about an abstraction, and prep + auquel speaking about an objet ( like in “une voiture …)
” J’ai appris à nager, grâce à quoi j’ai pu faire du bateau” . ” J’ai perdu mes lunettes, sans lesquellesje ne vois rien” .
About persons, we do use prep+ qui as well as compound pronouns . It’s sure there are some cases when prep + qui sounds badly educated, but most of the time you can . Compound pronouns are always correct, but surprising sometimes . You can’t learn that except by impregnation .
Let’s say in short sentences it’s more expected to hear prep + qui, and in longer to hear prep + auquel .

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Q&A: I don’t understand the slang usage of ‘on’ in French to mean ‘we’, etc.?

Question by Ella: I don’t understand the slang usage of ‘on’ in French to mean ‘we’, etc.?
My teacher said that in addition to meaning “one”, the pronoun “on” can mean “we” and I think one other thing. She said French teenagers use it as slang, but the concept is confusing to me…can someone tell me more about this? My teacher never can explain it to my satisfaction.

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Answer by ^^PaperHeart^^
On can mean “one” as in,… “If one gets their driver’s license, he will be able to drive.”

It can also mean “we” as in a general sense. Example: “We like to go to the beach”. You can also use “nous” for we. They’re generally the same thing

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MORE french help?

Question by Alli: MORE french help?
sorry for all the french questions.
now, i need to know the french word for underwear, and how to say “he likes to take walks on the beach”.
Thanks!

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Answer by Benny
Il aime……. (to take walks on)…….. la plage.

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