French expression of the day: Bon pied bon œil

French expression of the day: Bon pied bon œil
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Here's an expression for the golden oldies.

Why do I need to know bon pied bon œil?

Because it's a great way to compliment a healthy senior in French.

What does it mean?

Literally translated bon pied bon œil means 'good foot good eye'.

But it's really an expression French people use to describe healthy seniors. It's what you in English would call being 'fit as a fiddle' or just 'in very good health'.

If you're over 70 and remain healthy and active, you are blessed with the gift of bon pied bon œil.

Use it like this

Ma grand-mère a toujours été une femme extraordinaire. Elle a 85 ans, mais elle a bon pied bon œil ! – My grandmother has always been an extraordinary woman. She's 85, but she's fit as a fiddle!

Comment va ton grand-père ? Ça va, il ne rajeunit pas mais il a encore bon pied bon œil. – How is your grandfather doing? Alright, he's not getting younger but he's fit and healthy.

Il n'est pas question de le placer en maison de retraite tant qu'il a bon pied bon œil. – It's out of the question to put him in a nursing home, he's still fit as a fiddle.

Member comments

  1. If you’re in quarantine, then you’re supposed to stay in your house. Travelling to Europe is not staying at home!

  2. I guess that anyone travelling to France can stay in the country for a period shorter than the 14 day “voluntary quarantine” and return to the UK especially if travelling by car. Does anyone have actual experience of this?
    Does anyone know if a return to the UK can be followed within the UK’s “mandatory” 14 day quarantine period by a trip back to France? I need to make a short trip to France before starting our main stay over the summer. Cheers to all!

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