Why do I need to know m'as-tu-vu?
Everyone has seen those people sitting outside a French café reading the right trendy book and striking the perfect pose with their cigarette and glass of wine. Well, now you have a word to describe them.
So, what does it mean?
Literally the word translates as 'have-you-seen-me'. But when it's used as one long noun, it means a 'poser', 'show off' or 'attention seeker' – in other words someone vain and pretentious who wants to be seen.
For example you might say: Oui, elle est très m'as-tu-vu. -'Yes, she's a real poser.'
This word will come particularly in handy to anyone living in Paris where m'as-tu-vuisme (the art of being a poser) is something of a collective hobby.
You can also use it to describe an object which is a bit 'showy' – for example a sports car or massive sunglasses.