andouille emmerdante,

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07:59 Jul 5, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
French term or phrase: andouille emmerdante,
I think this a French term that is just misspelled. What does it mean? Thank you.
Kelcey


Summary of answers provided
na"pain in the ass"
Peter Chambers
nasilly twerp
Béatrice Huret-Morton
naa quaint insult...
Shanti Vanderborght


  

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26 mins
a quaint insult...


Explanation:
It's not mispelled in the slightest!
Just a strange piece of French slang...

"andouille" means "stupid person"
(an andouille is primarily a sausage-like French type of food)but it's not rude, rather
"emmerdante" means "extremely annoying"
(and this is very rude!)
So it would be something like
"stupid nag" or "buggering moron"...

but the association of these two words sounds "bizarre" in French.

Shanti Vanderborght
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37 mins
silly twerp


Explanation:
Yesterday I believe somebody asked for a letter to be translated from English to French. I think the original English expression was "silly twerp" and the translator rendered it as "andouille emmerdante", which is not very idiomatic in French. You can probably find the original English letter in the English to French section under the heading "letter to an ennemy".

Cheers,

Béa

Béatrice Huret-Morton
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9 hrs
"pain in the ass"


Explanation:
This is a slang phrase (don't know where you found it). "Andouille" is a mild term of abuse (in English it would be something like "twit"). "Emmerdante" is said of someone who 'pisses you off'.
If you want to translate slang with slang, "pain in the ass" would do fine.. or "pain in the neck" if you want to be more polite.

Peter Chambers
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