French word of the day: Scotché

French word of the day: Scotché
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When you are scotché in French, it has nothing to do a certain well-known liquor.

Why do I need to know scotché?


Weather you are a fan of arts and crafts or want to learn another typical French expression, it can come in handy in several situations.

What does it mean?

Scotché is the French word term for being figuratively 'glued'.

It comes from scotch, which means 'scotch tape', and if you use it as a verb it implies that you are impressed by something or someone.

The best English equivalent is probably 'hooked'.

Je suis scotché – I'm hooked.

The Larousse dictionary website defines being scotché as “to be so monopolised by something that you can’t detach yourself from it.”

Know that you can be scotché by a lot of things: a movie, a person’s performance, a song or a smile.

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In a more subtle usage, scotché can also mean 'transfixed' or figuratively 'being glued to the spot'. 

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It can also literally mean 'taped up' as in glued to the wall.

Use it like this

Ce danseur m’a scotché – This dancer had me hooked.

Quand elle lui a annoncé qu’elle était enceinte, ça l’a scotché – When she told him she was pregnant, he was stunned.

Marie a scotché un poster de Justin Bieber sur sa porte – Marie taped a poster of Justin Bieber on her door.


Coller – To glue

Accrocher – To hang

Choqué – Shocked

Impressionné – Impressed

Rester sans voix – To be speechless 

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