From A to Z, Twenty-Six Funny, Weird, Vivid French Expressions

 

BROYER DU NOIR

 

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For the longest time, people thought that moods grew from the grinding of the black bile secreted in the stomach. In the 19th century, the expression “broyer du noir” started to mean feeling depressed.

There is actually another French expression around the bile. Se faire de la bile means to worry.

 

Perfect equivalent: Feel blue or Have the blues

 

See you tomorrow for the letter C, part of the A to Z Challenge!

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