Yes, there are such things as mild swear words in French, and “zut” is indeed one of them.
Zut alors or zut!
Zut, which is more common than the old-fashioned “zut alors,” is actually just a very polite way of saying merde. It’s like saying “shucks” or “dang” to avoid swearing in front of people you shouldn’t swear in front of.
Translating literally “So, so“, this phrase is the textbook way to answer many questions when you want to say the equivalent of “so so” in English.
Sacrebleu is a stereotypical and very old-fashioned French curse, rarely used by the French today. An English equivalent would be “My Goodness!” or “Golly Gosh!” It used to be considered very offensive.
Essentially, bah means “you idiot” or “yeah, duh”. So when someone asks you if you’re going to watch the next season of Game of Thrones, you say: ” Bah ouais, c’est la fin de la serie.” If you didn’t remember that it was your colleague Daisy’s birthday until she brought a cake at lunch, you would exclaim, “Bah oui, c’est ton…
Putain is your all-purpose French sword word. You know how some English speakers love the F word? You will use it to express emotions ranging from joy to pain to anger and everything in between.
Sacrebleu! Sacrebleu is a very old-fashioned French curse, rarely used by the French these days. An English equivalent would be “My Goodness!” or “Golly Gosh!” It used to be considered very offensive.
wow → oh is, wow, ugh, me, wow.
La vache is often used as an alternative to swearing when in polite company or around children. If you see something surprising or are shown a bizarre image, exclaim, “Oh, la vache!”
Like English, French people tend to say Ça va? with an affirmative response – Bien or Bien, merci – similar to what we would do with “fine” in English. The following answers are polite enough for a new acquaintance, but also general enough for a good friend: Très bien, merci. Very good, thanks.
What does mon chéri mean? Mon chéri means “my love” or “darling” in French. It’s an adorable pet name for a male someone you like, romantically or platonically.
Please put on your headphones! Beurk ! – Interjection used to express dislike/disgust.
(The triplet “tak, tak, tak” is a sound the French make to emphasize the accomplishment of multiple tasks. It can also be used as an onomatopoeia, literally meaning the sound of walking feet, when giving walking directions to someone.) It sounds like the English word “tack.”
Canadians simply say oui, while many African Francophone speakers would answer a question like this with non.
The French language resolves this ambiguity by using a different word to mean “yes” after a negative question: Si ! For example: “Tu n’as pas faim ?” “Si!” (= “Aren’t you hungry?” “Yes, I’m hungry.”) It is also used to negate a negative affirmation!
Sacrebleu or sacre bleu is a French obscenity used as a cry of surprise, annoyance or displeasure. It is a chopped up oath form of the profane sacré dieu, “Holy God”. The holy exclamation of God, which is profane, is related to the third commandment: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”