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|French to English translations [Non-PRO]|
Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / Conversation
|French term or phrase: Je suis plein(e)|
|What happens if out of the blue I say "Je suis pleine"? Je suis une femme, moi, but if a man says it, does it make a difference?|
The context is a website, where the meaning of the expression has opened an extense debate, which started out when someone wanting to say "I'm full" (as in I've had too much to eat") said "Je suis plein".
It seems it has several meanings, would you help me understand them?
[...] In my lesson on how to read a French menu, I said that "je suis plein" is slang for "I'm pregnant." Two French speakers corrected me, saying that in fact it means "I'm drunk." So I mentioned this in my newsletter earlier today, and I've already received four responses:
♣ I also learned in high school that Je suis plein meant I'm pregnant in slang. Maybe there is some truth to it after all. The high school I attended was in Ohio.
♥ "Je suis pleine" definitely means "I'm pregnant." Interesting that it also means "I'm drunk." Hadn't heard that.
♣ I, like you, was given to understand that it means 'I am pregnant'. I don't quarrel at all with the other translation and, indeed, it probably has that meaning; however, I was taught by my French family while I was in France lo those many years ago that it means "I am pregnant'. Just wondering if it may have varying meanings in different areas of the country or if the meaning has shifted.
♥ “Je suis pleine”, je ne sais pas ce que ca veut dire personnellement. J’ai jamais entendu dire que ca voulait dire saoule... Pour ca, on dit “elle est faite, elle est bourrée...” On utilise “pleine” pour dire qu’un animal est enceinte ; cette vache est pleine. Ce n’est pas slang, c’est tres utilise par les agriculteurs et les vetos. Mais je ne l’ai jamais entendu dire pour une personne. [...]
|I am drunk|
Je suis plein/pleine means I am drunk.
It wouldn't be used for pregnancy in humans, only for animals. I have heard it used once for a pregnant woman as "elle est bien pleine" but that term was EXTREMELY derogatory (and shocked everybody around as if comparing that woman to an animal), and not something you would say about yourself.
You can also say "je suis pleine DE bonheur, de vie, de larmes, de ressentiment etc, but with different meanings here.
Hope this helps,
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