French word of the day: Mimi

French word of the day: Mimi
Is something so cute that regular words just don't express it? The French might have the answer.

Why do I need to know mimi?

It's one of the many French words to describe affection between lovers or friends.

What does it mean?

Mimi is a word French people use to say that something is (really) adorable.

To be mimi is to be more than cute, it's small-fluffy-kitten cute.

You could say:

Comme il est mimi ce petit chat! – ‘How sweet is this little cat!’

It goes the same for describing a person. A teenage girl calling another teenage girl mimi, means that she is adorable, gentille or mignonne – adorable, kind or sweet.

Tu es trop mimi! – You're so (freakin') cute!

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However mimi is one of those French expressions that you need to be slightly careful with when choosing your audience. If it’s between humans, keep it equal.

For example, it would be slightly patronising for an adult man to call a female coworker mimi – unless they are best office buddies of course.

You can also use mimi about an object (c'est trop mimi – it's so cute), like a pair of fluffy, pink shoes (see tweet below).



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