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|French term or phrase: Quelle santé (Roberta) !|
|Même si, dans son autobiographie, Roberta déclare avoir fait un trait sur son passé masculin, la passion de la mécanique est quand même restée la plus forte (n’avoue-t-elle pas avoir emmené pendant la guerre un petit flacon de Castrol R et d’essence de compétition pour se remémorer, en le “sniffant”, ses rêves de Brooklands ?). Sa passion est telle qu’elle reprendra plusieurs fois le volant, notamment à cette course de côte de Shelsley Walsh en 1957 et plus tard, dans les années 1970, où elle testera la formule 3 de Tony Kitchiner. |
""""" Quelle santé Roberta ! """""
This is the end of an article (fairly informal register) about a former racing driver, who also happened to be Britain's first transsexual.
I've never come across this expression before (with the exclamation mark), but have since found this during my research: "quelle santé cette femme!"
Clearly, a literal translation isn't appropriate, and in any case, I can't figure out what it might mean. Unfortunately, the fact that there's a magazine and also a play of that name (Quelle Santé!) hinders any research on google. I did find a French site with an article called "Quelle Santé ces japonais!", which led me to think it's perhaps something along the lines of "These Japanese are quite amazing/incredible" or "... never cease to amaze", but this is only a hunch...
I'd be grateful if anyone in can supply the real meaning - preferably with an explanation, if poss. Many thanks!
This is the first thing that came to mind
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|Thanks so much everyone, including peer comments, which helped a lot, especially Emma and Katsy for explaining so well how the word "santé" fits in here - hitherto a mystery to me! The idea of stamina fits in really well with Roberta's long racing career (after first being a WWII fighter pilot and pow!)|
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Roberta, you're really something!