Petite bites? Pauvre Nancy


A good example of a very bad use of French in an advertisement.

« Petite bite » in slang is « Small penis ». And she look so happy about it!

And Petite should be Petites (the plural form, silent s) if there are many bites.

Please, ask a French Guy (or a French Girl) if you want to use French in an Ad. It will save you from being the laughing-stock of the day on the French social networks.

Pascal pauvre Nancy Forget


9 Comments on “Petite bites? Pauvre Nancy”

  1. Celeste says:

    It shouldn’t be pluralized here though… “Petite” is also a word in English. It’s of course derived from the French word, but it does not need to be pluralized or affixed when used in this way. I suspect the guy or gal who wrote the ad copy was just oblivious to the fact that it says something hilarious in French entirely.

  2. Jude says:

    This may very well be on purpose. Kind of a humourous “clin d’œil” to the connoisseur. How many people in french social networks knew Nancy’s before?

    Somebody whose name is “Forget” should definitely not sneer about involuntary meaning anyway. :-þ

    • @Jude I get that « Forget ? Ah! I won’t forget » everytime I travel in the US. Everytime. But in French it has no special meaning (it’s just a name) and in my family we prononce it « fore jet ». 😉

    • gabuzo says:

      You’re quite right, I didn’t know Nancy’s before yesterday. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can find Nancy’s in french stores.

  3. Muriel says:

    It reminds me of the name of a pet store in Seattle:
    ‘Pet pourri’
    The French translation is ‘rotten fart’
    I am French and I couldn’t stop laughing.

  4. Chicanery says:

    Reblogged this on Coherence Is Overrated..

  5. Locuturus says:

    And Petite should be Petites (the plural form, silent s) if there is many bites.

    …if there are many bites. 🙂 all in all I have learned something I didn’t know today xD not necessarily needed, but interesting hehe

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