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By Laura K. LawlessMarch 17, 2014
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Good evening Miss
If you permit me “c’est pas vrai” coming from the children language for a violent contestation, and dropping “ne” (c’est pas vrai, c’est pas moi!) is an expression wich, in french, has remplaced another (always informal) exlamation : “Pas possible !”ou “c’est pas possible!” for express that something is too much : is too much bad ! or is too much beautifull, (extraordinary), is too much good luck or the contrary: too much bad luck for me !
“c’est pas vrai ! je n’ai vraiment pas de chance !”
“C’est pas vrai ! quelle chance !”
We cajuns use it just as described by you.
We might also mean “Really?” or perhaps “Incredible!!”
The traduction by “incredible” (unexpectable, wayward, unforseenable) is quite exact, but only in point of view litteral. With note of exclamation is a popular expression to say a mixt of incredulity and surprise, near of irritation, nerviness, impatience, annoyance, aggravation, unbearable or intolerance near of the anger, often with big oathes !
My grand-mother was utilising another expression to mark when she was annoyed : “But, what I make to the Great God to have merited so children!” She could say “C’est pas vrai!” but it doesn’t exist yet !
In the contrary sense, with a joy sentiment when the surprise was extraodinarly good and happy, they say; “c’est pas vrai !” in sense : “it’s too happy, too beautiful, so inexpected, so unhoped !”
I think this expression highlights the different relationship that people have with truth in Anglo-Saxon cultures than in Latin ones. In English, it sounds much stronger to accuse someone of lying, so that you couldn’t say “that’s not true” instead of “you’re kidding”.
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