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08:54 Aug 24, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial
French term or phrase: droguerie
"On parle du rayon DPH, qui est lui-meme compose de 2 metiers, la Droguerie et la Parfumerie."

In the dictionary, "droguerie" is defined as a hardware store, but I doubt there would be a hardware/perfume department. Does this refer to toiletries or OTC drugs. Also, does anyone know what DPH stands for? Thanks, Karen
Karen Tucker
United States
Local time: 00:36
English translation:housewares and cosmetics
Explanation:
Tried to answer this earlier, but my Netscape crashed...

Anyhow, a "droguerie" sells household products--mops, cleaning products, buckets, rope by the meter, gardening tools, and some household tools. The droguerie I used to walk by as a kid also had a display of "martinets" that it would set out in the door (presumably to be purchased for use on misbehaving children). It had an odor all its own, too. The closest we have to such an animal in English is "housewares."

As for "parfumerie" -- these strores sell products for personal care--creams, etc. The ones I peeked into last time I was in France (very briefly, because I have a chemical sensitivity to scents), were pushing "thalassothérapie" ("ocean in a bottle") products: as a way to push back the years. In the US, such products are classified as "cosmetics."

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Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 00:36
Grading comment
Great solution! Thanks, Yolanda. I came up with a more awkward solution but I like yours better: Household/Health Care Products and Perfume Department. I'm slogging along day and night on the project, which seems endless. I'll need a week off after it's over! Thanks to everybody for all the information and suggestions. I have a much better idea now what "droguerie" and "DPH" mean! Karen
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Summary of answers provided
na +1toiletries, perfume and household products?Karen Tucker
na +1chemist's [shop] (Brit.); drugstore (Amer.)
Mats Wiman
nadrugstore
Maya Jurt
nahousewares and cosmetics
Yolanda Broad
naDroguerie Parfumerie Hygiène
Didier Fourcot
naDroguerie-Parfumerie-Hygiène(Beauté)/ChemistsAdam H
nachemist's shop, pharmacy, drug-storemichnick
natoughmckinnc
namedicines (drugs in USA)
Guy Bray


  

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8 mins
tough


Explanation:
DPH is Droguerie, Parfumerie and ???
OTC drugs sections are called parapharmacie.
Droguerie stores are a bit like ironmongers as we call them in the UK but they also sell lots of different junk, lots of strange brushes, devices and potions that your granny would have used and things you don't find in other shops.
Sorry I don't have a translation but I hope some of the background might help.

mckinnc
Local time: 06:36
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12 mins
Droguerie Parfumerie Hygiène


Explanation:
DPH in French is "Droguerie Parfumerie Hygiène", this is a department in a department store (grand magasin, supermarché, hypermarché), not a shop by itself (the shop should be a "droguerie" or a "parfumerie").

The "Parfumerie" departement in a department store may include various items according to the size and specialization of the store (after-shave, perfumes, lotions, etc), but "Hygiène" includes shampoos, razors and creams, conditioners, toot brushes and pastes, etc

A "parfumerie" shop sells only branded perfumes and derivatives (eau de toilette, eau de cologne, eau de parfum, etc)

A "Droguerie" by itself is a shop specializing in chemicals, paints, varnish, solvents, washing or cleaning products, etc, this has nothing to do "drogues" (almost reserved to forbidden products in France) or "médicaments" sold in a "pharmacie"
The "droguerie" department of a department store contains at least a few chemical (white spirit, ammonia, hydrochloric acid, solvents, etc), basic paints and may include or not domestic washing powders or liquids, dishwasher or tumble-drier products, according to the organization of the store.



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Didier Fourcot
Local time: 06:36
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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14 mins
medicines (drugs in USA)


Explanation:
DPH is "Droguerie Hygiène Parfumerie"--a category for supermarket merchandising (see ref.), so "droguerie" in this case probably does mean drugs.

So it's the drug/medicine and perfume dept.


    Reference: http://www.abcdplus.com/annonces_view.shtm?cat=302
Guy Bray
United States
Local time: 21:36
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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17 mins
chemist's shop, pharmacy, drug-store


Explanation:
Droguerie = chemist's shop, pharmacy, drug-store
For abbreviation DPH see links below:

de la Grande Distribution implanté dans le SUD-EST des Chefs de rayon DPH (Droguerie,
Parfumerie, Hygiène) Agés de 22/25 ans de niveau BAC/BTS vous aurez en ...
http://www.abcdplus.com/annonces_view.shtm?cat=302

Une activité toujours soutenue des rayons DPH (Droguerie-Parfumerie-Hygiène)...
http://www.fcd.asso.fr/3_2.htm

HTH


michnick
Local time: 08:36
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
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22 mins peer agreement (net): +1
chemist's [shop] (Brit.); drugstore (Amer.)


Explanation:
'droguerie' is not a hardware store

rayon DPH (Droguerie, Parfumerie, Hygiène)


    Duden-Oxford+MW
    Reference: http://www.abcdplus.com/annonces_view.shtm
Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 06:36
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 133

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  dovo
15 hrs
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30 mins
Droguerie-Parfumerie-Hygiène(Beauté)/Chemists


Explanation:
Found lots of examples of DPH on Google.Seems to me that the services offered by this kind of dept. are the same as a UK chemist's shop, like Boots.


    Reference: http://www.beroche.ch/droguerie.beroche/
Adam H
Local time: 05:36
Native speaker of: English
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31 mins peer agreement (net): +1
toiletries, perfume and household products?


Explanation:
I checked one of the Web sites provided, and "parapharmacie" is listed separately from "DPH" in a list of store departments, so I'm wondering if something like the above would work.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. Karen

Karen Tucker
United States
Local time: 00:36
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 394

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Yolanda Broad
9 mins
  -> Another possibility? perfume and health care products
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35 mins
drugstore


Explanation:
The DPH (drugstore-perfumes-hygiene) department involves two trades (s'il s'agit d'un texte explicant les métiers exercés): the drugstore and the perfume and hygiene counter.

Good luck.

Maya Jurt
Switzerland
Local time: 06:36
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 412
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2 hrs
housewares and cosmetics


Explanation:
Tried to answer this earlier, but my Netscape crashed...

Anyhow, a "droguerie" sells household products--mops, cleaning products, buckets, rope by the meter, gardening tools, and some household tools. The droguerie I used to walk by as a kid also had a display of "martinets" that it would set out in the door (presumably to be purchased for use on misbehaving children). It had an odor all its own, too. The closest we have to such an animal in English is "housewares."

As for "parfumerie" -- these strores sell products for personal care--creams, etc. The ones I peeked into last time I was in France (very briefly, because I have a chemical sensitivity to scents), were pushing "thalassothérapie" ("ocean in a bottle") products: as a way to push back the years. In the US, such products are classified as "cosmetics."

How's your big project coming?


    Double-checked both in my Oxford SuperLex
Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 00:36
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1551
Grading comment
Great solution! Thanks, Yolanda. I came up with a more awkward solution but I like yours better: Household/Health Care Products and Perfume Department. I'm slogging along day and night on the project, which seems endless. I'll need a week off after it's over! Thanks to everybody for all the information and suggestions. I have a much better idea now what "droguerie" and "DPH" mean! Karen
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