Barbara, please verify
Posted by Caroline on August 21, 1998 at 09:39:35:
In response to Torchecul, written by Bob Whitworth on August 20, 1998 at 23:53:42
Barb, i use this stuff, but you're the teacher , after all.....
cul=1) end, bottom as in cul-de-sac, cul de verre =2)anatomically, rear-end, bum, butt, and a bit rude, to boot.A lot of idioms are based on this one. 3) A bustle, presumably derived from 2)
méchant =1) nasty, wicked, horrid, but also =2)historically, miserable , pathetic, insignificant, second-rate, as in 'méchant poète' (lousy poet)or 'méchant tenor' ( Irish club-singer who belts out "Danny Boy")also =3)slang, meaning 'wicked' the way it's used now, i.e. meaning really, really good.
calembour = jeu de mots
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