French word of the day: Mec

French word of the day: Mec
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Here's a must-know slang expression to be used among friends, youngsters or about lovers.

Why do I need to know mec?

Because it’s an example of French slang that is so commonly used that we were surprised to find we had not explained it to our readers already.

What does it mean?

In France, un mec is ‘a guy’, ‘a dude’, ‘a bro’ or ‘a homie’ if you will. It can also be just a 'man' or a 'boyfriend', it really all depends on the context.

Most often, mec is often used by young people as a nickname that expresses fondness between friends.

In this variant, mec becomes a superfluous addition to the sentence, like when you add 'dude' to a sentence in English.

Ca va mec ? – How's it going, bro?

Je sais, mec, ce n'est pas facile – I know, mate, it's not easy.

In the other variant, mec replaces another male pronoun, like le monsieur or le type or le garçon.

Tu as vu le mec de Syrine ? Il est tellement beau ! – Have you seen Syrine's boyfriend? He's gorgeous!

Use it like this

Salut mec, tu fais quoi ce soir ? – Hey dude, what are you up to tonight?

Mon mec déteste la plage, donc on ne va jamais en vacances au bord de la mer. – My boyfriend hates the beach so we never go on holiday by the sea.

Je n'en peux plus des mecs qui me sifflent dans la rue, ce sont vraiment des porcs. – I can't deal with guys who whistle when I walk past them, they're such pigs.

For women

The female variant of mec is meuf, which is French slang for ‘woman’, ‘girl’ or ‘bird’.

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