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FRENCH WORD OF THE DAY

Word of the day: Réglo

A useful word to describe someone who likes to do things properly.

Word of the day: Réglo
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Why do I need to know réglo?

It’s a fairly common argot expression used by people of all ages in conversation.

What does it mean?

Réglo comes from the word régulier, which means to be honest or legitimate.

It's paired with the verb être (to be) so être réglo means to be straight, trustworthy or honest. It can be applied to a situation where you want to show loyalty to someone, or where you don’t want to do things properly, without breaking any rules.

As with its English equivalent, it can also be used in a slightly mocking or self-mocking way to describe someone who is just a little too straight and should maybe loosen up a bit and break the odd rule.

Use it like this

Je veux être réglo avec toi – I want to do right by you

Il n’a jamais fumé de sa vie, il est réglo – He’s never smoked in his life, he is a little bit square

Tu peux lui faire confiance, elle est réglo – You can trust her, she’s an honest person

Synonyms

Correct – decent, proper

Être rond en affaires – to be an honest businessman

 

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French Expression of the Day: C’est le box

This French expression has little to do with storage devices.

French Expression of the Day: C’est le box

Why do I need to know c’est le box?

Because you might have described your adolescent bedroom this way.

What does it mean?

C’est le box roughly pronounced say luh box – comes from the longer expression c’est le boxon, and does not have to do with a container to store things. In reality, c’est le box means either literally or figuratively that something is a mess or disaster.

It is a synonym for the more commonly used French expression c’est le bordel

Both are slang terms that border on being vulgar, are originally references to brothels, and describe disorder or disarray.

The word boxon first appeared in the early 1800s in the form of bocson, which meant cabaret and later “house of tolerance”. Its origins are disputed, but over the past two centuries it has come to be synonymous with a “place of debauchery” and later messiness and disorder.

You can also say “Quel box!” or “Quel Boxon!” to mean “What a mess!” or “What a disaster!”

If you are looking for a less vulgar way to describe a mess, you could instead say “c’est le bazar”.

Use it like this

C’est quand la dernière fois que tu as nettoyé ta chambre ? C’est le box ici. – When was the last time you cleaned your room? It is a disaster in here.

Je ne suis pas la seule personne qui pense que c’est le boxon dans cette ville en ce moment. – I’m not the only person who thinks this city is a mess right now.

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