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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:10 PM
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I just saw a bumpersticker that I do not understand??
It said "Fermez le Bush".. What does that mean?
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:11 PM
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1. French.
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 02:11 PM by Inland
Fermez le bouche is close your mouth.
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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:19 PM
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8. it would be "Fermez la bouche" but...
even if it is an accurate translation of "close your mouth" it is never employed even in polite French.

You normally say "Taisez vous" ou tais-toi" (be silent)

in most case you say "Ta gueule", which is like STFU.

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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:34 PM
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9. Ah, I first used the feminine, then edited to change it!
But it doesn't matter if it's used, politely, or not. It's a weak attempt at some sort of pun.
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:12 PM
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2. close the bush
fermez le bouche means shut your mouth. in french.

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progmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:12 PM
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3. fermez la bouche means shut your mouth
so i assume it's a play on words meaning shut Bush, or shut Bush's mouth...
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ernstbass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:12 PM
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4. Fermez means close in French
bush means mouth - "close the mouth" is the literal translation - so it says "shut Bush up"
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:15 PM
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7. Ha Ha, I love intelligent, bilingual dems.
Progmom, your smilie makes me jealous. I want my smilies to party, but since I am computer illiterate I must choose from the lovely smilies provided by the mods.
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:12 PM
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5. Close Bush or maybe he was meaning End Bush
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:14 PM
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6. Fermez = close. Close the Bush?
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carnie_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:40 PM
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10. stfu
Shut the Fuck Up in layman's parlance, although the phrase I'm thinking of is actually fermez la bouche
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 04:13 PM
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11. That is too polite. Fermez is the second person plural which is
a sign of respect of a decent way of saying "you". To say "you" singular is really an insult. This is "you" plural.

Fermez should be changed to Fermes (or something) in order to make it more insulting. You would only use second person singular in French on someone you consider to be like a cockroach. Fermez shows too much respect for Bush.

We need to "tutoiler" this slogan. "Tu" Fermes ta Bush! (And you don't pronounce the es like you do with the ez).
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MissMarple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 04:35 PM
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12. I saw that on a car on I-25 last week.
Yup, in Colorado Springs.
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ArkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 04:51 PM
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13. It's French, why do you think it has that crazy accent-a!!
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