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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Poster of the Week

posted by on February 17 at 11:08 AM

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I Hate Boys.
This is not true.
But I hate you.
That is a fact.

Posted by StrangerDanger | February 17, 2007 11:34 AM

"Ça cette une fact."

Oops! Is this some Joual/Montréal slang spelling? Because this actually doesn't make sense when you read it; only when you say it aloud.

Posted by Nick | February 17, 2007 11:38 AM

Ca, c'est un fait, petit oiseau. Et je ne te deteste point.

Posted by Eric F | February 17, 2007 12:23 PM

C'est plus courant de dire "je te deteste," n'est-ce pas?

Posted by BWA | February 17, 2007 12:59 PM

French fries, french bread, french dressing. Oui oui!

Posted by him | February 17, 2007 1:07 PM

brendan is this really a poster, or did some crazy woman you woke up with leave this note next to your trousers in the morning? you would be my king if that were the case.

Posted by maria | February 17, 2007 1:44 PM

ce n'est pas vrai.
Je te deteste.
ca c'est un fait.

Posted by Le Oiseau Grand | February 17, 2007 2:32 PM

ce n'est pas vrai.
Je te deteste.
ca c'est un fait.

Posted by L'Oiseau Grand | February 17, 2007 2:32 PM


Posted by L'Oiseau Grand | February 17, 2007 2:34 PM

Zut alors!

Posted by Gloria | February 17, 2007 2:50 PM

He's not your king. I saw this poster in the Seattle Weekly newstand opposite Taco Del Mar on Broadway.

Posted by A | February 17, 2007 3:52 PM

Awwwwww, CUTE! J'adore les françaises!

Posted by treacle | February 17, 2007 5:05 PM

Re: #8

The "c'est pas vrai" isn't correct (grammatically) but it is right for spoken French. Travel to any French country and you will hear that all the time. Almost no one puts the "ne" in front of the verb to make it negative.

But the "je deteste toi" is killing me. The person needs to take a french lesson.

Je deteste la personne qui est stupide ne savoir pas francais.

Bon soire tout le monde !

(and sorry for no accent marks on my french...)

Posted by dkstar | February 17, 2007 5:30 PM

ta geule

Posted by sam from Zagreb | February 17, 2007 6:16 PM

the grammatical errors were intentional, i promise.

Posted by little bird | February 17, 2007 7:07 PM

My apologies little bird - if those errors were in fact intentional.

Posted by dkstar | February 17, 2007 8:31 PM

ah, ma chere petite -

Ce n'est pas votre francais qui m'interesse.

Please call, I am in the book.

Posted by Jean Claude Ferrand | February 17, 2007 11:00 PM



Votre francais n'est pas bon. Je suis Liegeois, nous parlons le bon francais.

"ne savoir pas parler francais"

Posted by Jean Paul | February 17, 2007 11:10 PM

Fwah Fois Fwaaaaa!

Posted by In Before The Lock | February 18, 2007 4:06 AM

Bon matin a tous

Bon soir a tous

Posted by Jean Paul Lamont | February 18, 2007 7:03 AM

Reality check - c'est pas vrai is used by many, just as Fact is. Technically wrong, but it depends on where you live.

C'est mon annniversaire.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 18, 2007 12:49 PM

Will - felicitation

As we all know, the French are fanatics about syntax and cadence and pronunciation. If it is wrong, it is wrong.

Poor French is that. And vast numbers of the French people would never use poor French.

Slang, yes, and yes perfected insults from the streets to the drawing rooms.

But just sloppy, no.

The best French is spoken in Tours. And in Belgium in Liege.

Parisian French is taught in America, crisp, clean, lacking older elegance in verbs and adjectives.

I love the language and dream and think in it.

Posted by Jean Francois Dumont | February 18, 2007 1:35 PM

i didn't really intend my posters to spark passionate linguistic debates...

it's grammatically wrong, i knew it was wrong when i wrote it, and i have nothing more to say. because it's completely wrong in the right way. FACT!

so there.

Posted by little bird | February 18, 2007 2:20 PM

@22 - who says I learned it in America?

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 18, 2007 7:31 PM

I'll stand up for little bird. Most French speakers I know do use slang, and no one but first-year French students say "Ce n'est pas whatever." It's wrong in the correct way - agreed.

Posted by texan | February 18, 2007 8:11 PM

le barf.

Posted by bluh | February 18, 2007 8:42 PM

I don't care what they say about your grammar, little bird—it's a lovely poster. A pretty little heartache, perfect for the post-Valentine's Day malaise. I love it.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | February 18, 2007 10:42 PM

little bird -- your French sucks and you are completely full of shit. FACT!

Posted by gb | February 18, 2007 11:03 PM

mmmmmmm, sweet!
tweet tweet!

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