By Kaddiscott - Italy - Marco
Today, I was in a market in France, and went to ask the seller for some potatoes. I speak fluent French, but I got flustered and instead of saying "pomme de terre", which is the French for potato, I said "pomme de merde". I literally asked for an "apple of shit". FML
Kaddiscott tells us more :
Hi guys, OP here. I speak fluent french, I just had a little blunder. This was actually like a few months ago when I was on France on holiday, and yeah the seller gave me a funny look and we had a giggle, but then I said, ooops and that I meant to say potato. It was soooo embarrassing, my parents never let me live it down FML hahahah
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By  samuelbeathard  |  15

I'm currently learning another language and I know how a little slip up can make a big difference. A slight change in pronunciation can change "My house has 2 big rooms" to "My sister has 2 big testicles".

  Mshrodes  |  13

#77, I said "from" because in French what we mean is that it comes from the ground. But it's true that "of" is more appropriate if we want a literal translation :) #88, sorry but I insist, it is definitely not Earth, in French Earth is Terre with the T capitalized. And that's not how it's written in "pomme de terre". Also, I've looked it up the dictionary, and apparently dirt can actually apply, so my bad, I didn't think dirt could have that meaning. However, the word used in agriculture is soil apparently. So it would be "apple of soil" :)

  Tsuky_fml  |  4

#88 "ground" has several translations in french : "le sol" or "la terre" as in "the ground under our feet".

So the word "la terre" can be translated into "the Earth" when we talk about the planet (in this case, there is a capital T at the begining => "la Terre") or "ground" (under our feet) or "soil" (more agronomic vision. literally the thing we can pick with our own hand)

In the word "pomme de terre", it's obviously not the planet sense. It's wether ground or soil. refering to the place it grows.

  eyepuppy  |  31

90,99, earth does not have to mean a planet. the translation of earth in this phrase refers to land. you are right, though. if Terre was capitalized, it would refer to the planet.

  JMichael  |  25

It's kind of like English being your first language and you still can't speak it. So in a relative theory it can happen. Although I do appreciate the sarcasm.

  miianah1  |  22

Your life isn't fucked, OP. Worst that happened is he glared and asked for clarification. Btw, I noticed you live in Italy. Which probably means you speak Italian, as well as French and English. Impressive.

  tourtinet_fml  |  14

#72 "hey can be very condescending towards people with improper Frenc"

I'm French and I think that condescending peoples are cheeky ! our english level ( yes, my english level too) isn't not exactly great either.

  parism143  |  28

Not just Quebec City, trust me. This happens everywhere in Québec except for Montreal, because the city is half anglophone so the inhabitants don't really care all that much.

  viau  |  13

yep ! tu as raison! (you are right)

ps: in quebec city they can't speak english at all, well poorly. i know i lived there for 6 years and im french.

By  fleckney26  |  25

In French, potato directly translates to apple of ground or apple of the ground. And if shit means a similar thing as shit, it's easy to see how he could get confused