Expression: Métro, boulot, dodo
Pronunciation: [may tro boo lo do do]
Meaning: same old routine, work work work
Literal translation: subway, work, sleep
Notes: The French expression métro, boulot, dodo is a wonderfully succinct way of saying that you live to work. Métro refers to a subway commute, boulot is an informal word for work, and dodo is baby for sleeping.
The English equivalents - the rat race, the same old routine, work work work - don't quite capture the same sense of constant movement, and a more literal English translation, "commute, work, sleep," isn't as poetic as the French.
Depuis ma promotion, c'est métro, boulot, dodo !
Ever since my promotion, it's been nothing but work, work, work!
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