French Affliction

Word of the Week – ‘Écrabouiller’


Word of the Week:

How to pronounce it:


What it means in English:

To crush, or to squash.

Where does it come from? 

It’s another version of the word ‘écraser’, which also means ‘to crush’.

It comes from the word ‘escarbouiller’, which was first used in 1535 by the French author Rabelais in his story Gargantua.

How to use it in a sentence:

‘Hou-là, attention! Si vous restez là, vous risquez de vous faire écrabouiller!’

English translation:

‘Careful! If you stay there, you might get crushed!’

Similar words:

Écraser = to crush.

Aplatir quelque chose = to squash something/flatten something.

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And if you liked this post, why not have a look at my Word of the Week from last week here?