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French Word Play - Jeux de mots

French is a beautiful language, and it lends itself well to all kinds of word play like puns and tongue twisters. If you're tired of studying grammar, try your hand at some French word play.

Entrée: vous and Entrez vous
This is a cute French word play; unfortunately, it's also a mistake.

French Tongue Twisters - Les Virelangues
Tongue twisters are words or phrases which are repeated as quickly as possible as a test of the speaker's ability to correctly pronounce the succession of similar sounds. For French students, les virelangues provide an interesting insight into the French language as well as a way to practice phrases which are difficult even for native speakers.

Verlan
Verlan is a form of French slang that consists of playing around with syllables, kind of along the same lines as pig Latin. Unlike pig Latin, however, verlan is actively spoken in France - many verlan words have become so commonplace that they are used in everyday French.

Holorimes
Holorimes are an extreme form of French word play.

Largonji / Loucherbem / Louchébème
Largonji, also called loucherbem or louchébème, is a form of French slang that consists of playing around with syllables, along the same lines as pig Latin. It is a secret language that was invented by the butchers of la Villette in Paris.

Hyères
The town Hyères is good for all kinds of word play.

Aidons tous les enfants
Two different pronunciations mean two different meanings.

Aloe Beauté
This beauty shop in Hyères went for a bilingual word play right in the name.

L'attente, la tente
Another homophonous word play.

L'avenir du rosé
The future isn't rosy for rosé wine.

Certain âge et âge certain
Word order can make a big difference.

DiversCités
A simple but elegant French word play.

Easter word play
Two cute bilingual Easter jokes.

Faire le mort > Faire un mort
Word play isn't always funny.

Igor l'Inventor (sic)
A questionable word play.

Impostures pour la Poste !
Word play with a couple of post office terms.

Inde et sens
The name of this shop in Hyères is a (probably unintentional) word play.

Les laitiers toujours remontés
At least two word plays in this short title.

La merveille
Add a space and what do you get?

Non mais sans bague ! and Fraternitude
Two easy word plays.

OFNI
One acronym for two different word plays.

Pire ratage
The Canard is at it again with yet another word play poking fun at Sarkozy.

Que de trous... à busher !
Word play from Le Canard Enchaîné.

Roulez au pas...
Three little letters completely change the meaning of this sign.

A rude French word play
Remember "casse-toi pauvre con"?

Savon de Marseille
It's made of two kinds of oil: huile d'olive and ...

Show et froid, le cas K
More fun with homophones

Soyez salés pas sucrés !
Learn about this mai 68 slogan.

Tu ne sers (à) rien
French word play that underscores the importance of prepositions.

What a difference a space can make
Abricotier broken into two words...

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