Merde

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Merde

Merde means “shit” in French.

It is the most common French swear word.

Like the word “shit” in English, merde can refer to the actual substance, or be used in a metaphorical way.

Note that while merde is mostly used as a swear word, in the theater, it’s the equivalent of “Break a leg” – that is, a term actors say before a show, instead of “Good luck”.

Meaning

  • Shit
  • If said before a play: “Break a leg!” (Good luck)

Alternative forms

  • Et merde ! (Oh shit!/Fuck me!) – When you make a stupid mistake or slip
  • de merde – shitty/fucking
  • merdique – crappy/shitty
  • putain de merde – Fucking hell/Goddamn it!

Example sentence

Cette chanson c’est vraiment de la merde.

This song is really shitty.


Tu n’es qu’une grosse merde !

You’re such a piece of shit!


Merde ! J’ai cassé la lampe.

Shit! I broke the lamp.


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