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Transfert s01e22, Quiz 16: Il n’y a jamais

    What does she mean by vulgar? I’m not sure we’ll know, but see if you can pick up “vulgarité” and “vulgaire” in this 7 second clip. Fill in the blanks and improve your ear for fast spoken French!

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    7 seconds, 22 words
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    c'était 'avaitvulgarité. 'motvulgairefamille. 'existait.
    Mais c'étaitpas n'yavaitjamaisvulgarité. n'yajamaismotvulgairefamille.Ça n'existaitpas.

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Transfert s01ep22. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire episode here.

    there was never

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    Mais c’était pas… Il n’y avait jamais de vulgarité. Il n’y a jamais de mot vulgaire dans notre famille. Ca n’existait pas.

    But it wasn’t… There was never any vulgarity. There’s never a vulgar word in our family. It didn’t exist.

    The above translation from Deepl

    What does vulgar even mean?

    Context and Nuance:

    • Vulgarité (Vulgarity): This refers to crude, offensive, or lowbrow language, behavior, or content. It is generally considered inappropriate in polite society.
    • Vulgaire (Vulgar): This adjective describes something or someone that is crude, coarse, or lacking in sophistication. It can refer to language, behavior, or even taste in fashion or decor.
    • Cultural Aspect: Views on what is considered vulgar can vary widely between different cultures and communities, and even within a single society over time.

    Why is this important in the sentence?

    • The speaker seems to be highlighting the respectfulness and decency that prevailed in their family or in a specific setting, using the absence of vulgarity as a point of pride or as a defining characteristic.
    • By stating this, they are drawing a clear line between what was acceptable in their family and what was not, placing a high value on respectful and refined communication.

    In summary, the use of “vulgarité” and “vulgaire” in this context serves to emphasize the speaker’s point about the high standards of communication and behavior in their family or in a specific setting, highlighting the absence of crudeness or coarseness.

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    What does she mean by vulgar? I’m not sure we’ll know, but see if you can pick up “vulgarité” and “vulgaire” in this 7 second clip. Fill in the blanks and improve your ear for fast spoken French!

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