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Verlan
by Creusebear • Mon 20 Sep 2010 19:55
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.

To "verlan" a word, simply separate it into syllables, reverse them, and put the word back together.

Let's start with the word l'envers, which means "the reverse." Separate l'envers into its two syllables l'en and vers. Invert them, put them together into a single word, and then adjust the spelling:

l'envers... l'en vers... vers l'en... versl'en... verslen... verlen... verlan

You can see that verlan is l'envers pronouns à l'envers ("reverse" pronounced in reverse).

Let's try another example:

pourri... pou rri... rri pou... rripou... ripou = rotten

Can you add any more?
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Re: Verlan
by virtdave • Tue 21 Sep 2010 08:31
One of the more common verlan words is beur, for 'arabe'--this does not seem necessarily to be used in a derogatory way . I recall that some years ago, a French comedian, of North African origin, joked, "Il y a un beurre Président en France, mais il n'y aura jamais un président beur".
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Re: Verlan
by Creusebear • Tue 21 Sep 2010 15:06
beur has even been re'Verlan'ed into reub
Other examples are:
Cop: flic... fli keu... keu fli... keufli... keuf
Woman: femme... fa meu... meu fa... meufa... meuf
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