How does one know if one has been insulting people without knowing? This is an excellent question I received from Tom, a listener who raised the issue with the French words “paysan” vs “fermier”. Listen to my input and definition of these terms as well as more examples!
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
The farmer wants a wife
Un métier ingrat = a thankless job
Femme de ménage = technicienne de surface
Caissière = hôtesse de caisse
LINKS and RESOURCES!
- Wikipedia: “Discussion:Paysan” : https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussion:Paysan
- StackExchange: “Why does the word ‘peasant’ have such a negative meaning in English?”: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/152074/why-does-the-word-peasant-have-such-a-negative-meaning-in-english
- YouTube video: French movie review (2): Petit Paysan (Hubert Charuel, 2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnXGrnLWCEY
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