This is one French expression which is very important to know : Faire gaffe. Especially if someone says to you ‘Fais gaffe’, you need to open wide your eyes 👁
Faire gaffe Meaning
This is one French expression which certainly comes in handy in every day life as we face life many hazards 🤞
Now what do you think is the signification of this popular French expression in English: let’s have a look at the picture :
a banana 🍌
Somebody walking towards it ! What do you think happens next ?
Two French words :
“faire” = to do
“gaffe” = a mistake
It literally means “to do a mistake” ?!?
And incredibly, if you are walking in the street towards a banana skin, some helpful people might tell you : “Fais gaffe”
To understand this popular French idiom, let’s have a look at its origin
Faire gaffe Origin
The actual “gaffe” comes from the nautical world. It does exactly what it shows on the picture above. The gaffe is a thus long pole with a hook, which allows sailors to catch a mooring buoy, hold on to another boat or push back an obstacle. 😜
But this is not today’s meaning, to understand today’s meaning of ‘faire gaffe’, we need to look at my favourite cartoon character !
Faire gaffe Illustration with a cartoon character
Yes Gaston Lagaffe, as it names indicates is a ‘gaffer’. He is probably the Belgian equivalent of Mr Bean. He does nothing else but blunders all day long !
Yes the first meaning of “faire gaffe” is to make a mistake !
Maybe these people handling the “gaffe” were not that agile after all, maybe this is where this French expression comes from ! 🤣
Faire gaffe Translation in English
I think that a suitable translation for this quite extraordinary French expression would be :
Note that there is a distinction between :
“faire gaffe” = to pay attention
faire une gaffe” = to do a blunder
Faire gaffe French examples
Here you can find a few examples to illustrate this fine French idiom :
Or this way, as an infinitive verb :
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