Ferris Wheel in Paris
“Putain, mais ce n’est pas possible”
“Putain de merde”
“Putain de bordel de merde”

Putain is used very often in France, I hear it everyday in Paris, especially in the traffic. Putain, putain, putain…echoing in my head everyday. Not so charming, and I guess it’s one of the downsides of living in Paris where people seems to be very frustrated and stressed. Don’t know if by saying the word putain makes them feel better, but many use the word, too frequently !

For those of you who doesn’t know what putain means, the noun refers to a prostitue/whore while the interjection doesn’t refers to an actual person but it’s used as a “filler” in almost all types of expressions. The interjection could more or less be translated to “fxcking”: Putain de merde = Fxcking shit

It’s very rare I use the word fxck or putain. Don’t find it elegant nor classy to put that word in mouth, especially when there are so many other words you can use to express your discontentment. Sometimes I wish I could put a filter on my ears, but at the same time I cannot keep myself from laughing when I look on the people that are screaming out these words. It’s like they are facing the end of the world…

Photo above taken at Place de la Concorde with my Fuji Finepix x100s

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This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...


  • Parisbreakfast
    09 January 2014 at 21:34

    The French swear different from the rest of us.
    It doesn’t carry as much weight..more often it’s closer to a ‘darn’ than the other one IMHO.

  • Christine&Paris
    10 January 2014 at 14:12

    Haha, det händer att det ordet slinker ur min mun ;)

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