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





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Literally: one of those fours

Best equivalent: see you around


Depending of the sources, the expression draws its origin from the four limbs, the four seasons or still the four cardinal points.


See you tomorrow for the letter V, part of the A to Z challenge!


  1. That’s curious, but I kind of like it.

    You’re getting close!

    • The French are a curious species, you know 🙂
      But, this is a very common expression, as popular as its American equivalent.
      The challenge is almost over. Since it has been an easier one for me this year, I’m happy for the faithful followers who won’t have to stop by every day.

  2. Makes sense, Evelyne. Particularly like the four cardinal directions interpretation. As you may imagine I would. 🙂 –Curt

  3. See you around makes sense as a comparison. Weekends In Maine

    • See you around is really the best equivalent, but as say Lisa above, it’s interesting to notice that in France the same idea is expressed with the number four, which implies a square while it is with “around” in the USA.
      Only five more letters 🙂

  4. Love these folk expression… I have a Dutch friend, and am always fascinated by the pithy vivid Dutch proverbs and sayings… amazing that you’ve been able to find a whole alphabet of sayings !!!

    • I love them too, Valerie. Amazingly I found more than enough. The French language is filled with such sayings. I’m quite sure I can do the same challenge next year. Thank you for stopping by, Valerie.

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