French phrase of the Day: Les JO

French phrase of the Day: Les JO
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You're going to be seeing this acronym a lot between now and 2024.

Why do I need to know Les JO?

Because the French capital is hosting Les JO in 2024.

What does it mean?

If you haven’t already guessed, it’s an acronym of les Jeux olympiques, or the Olympic Games. But while Anglophones usually shorten this to ‘the Olympics’ in France you will often see them referred to as les JO.

It’s best to get familiar with such an acronym now, as newspaper headlines often refer to the games as les JO, and this will become more frequent in the run-up to 2024. 

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Les JOJ is another  acronym also commonly used to describe les Jeux Olympiques de la Jeunesse or, as we know it in English, The Youth Olympic Games.  

The French love a good acronyme, most likely due to the long length of words within the language, and such abbreviations are abound within the French language, from colloquial speech, to within newspapers and in political discussions.

Use it like this

French news website, recently published an article on French sailor, Camille Lecointre, who is obviously taking her preparations very seriously, with the headline

Originaire d’Harfleur, Camille Lecointre prépare les JO de Tokyo : ‘J’ai une vie de nonne’  – Harfleur native, Camille Lecointre on her preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games: “I have a nun’s life”. 

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