French word of the day: Grincheux

French word of the day: Grincheux
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Here's an expression for people who take lemonade and turn it into lemons.

Why do I need to know grincheux?

Because, if you live in Paris or are planning to visit the city, you might need it.

What does it mean?

Grincheux is French for ‘grumpy’. It’s what you would say about someone who is in a particularly ratty mood.

In French, Grumpy – one of Snow White's seven dwarfs – is actually called Grincheux, and when you think about him that pretty much sums up the meaning of the expression.

Quel grincheux ! – What a grump!

If you’re talking about a woman, use grincheuse.

Quelle grincheuse ! – What a grump!
If you live in Paris or have been to visit, you will know that the mood is more grincheux than elsewhere in France – perhaps more so than in other capitals too. 
Sometimes, just thinking quel grincheux ! can alleviate a little everyday frustration.

Use it like this

C'est dur d'être serveur, il y a tant de clients grincheux.. – It's difficult to be a waiter, there are so many grumpy customers.

Je ne supporte pas ma voisine. À chaque fois que qu’on met de la musique, elle tape ses talons au sol pour signaler qu’on fait trop de bruit. Quelle grincheuse ! – I can't stand my neighbour. Every time we put on music she stomps her heels into the floor to signal that we're being too loud. What a grouch!

Mon grand père est un vrai grincheux, il grogne tout le temps dans son fauteuil. – My grandfather is a real grouch, he grumbles constantly in his chair. 

De grincher, which is the verb for grincheux and can be translated to ‘to grinch’, is rarely used.


Grognon – grumpy

Ronchon – grumpy 
Bougon – grumpy

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