Quite honestly, French is the worst language in the world. Already, it is super difficult to learn for foreigners but also for poor French-speaking schoolchildren around the world. There are complicated grammar rules, deleted words and invented ones, silent letters that shouldn’t exist and so on. Worst of all, there are the anglicisms that we have to stop using because we don’t live in a country populated by Théobalds who work in start-ups. In addition to all that, there are acronyms and acronyms whose origins have been forgotten and which are used indiscriminately. Fortunately, Topito is here to help you speak French correctly bunch of shlagos.
For many of us naive, innocent brains, “taf” is a household word for work or a trade. According to an old and mysterious legend, TAF is actually an acronym meaning “Task to Do” or “Work to do”. Our favorite dictionaries (Larousse and Robert you know) have not yet spoken on the subject, so the question remains unanswered.
2. FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
On French merchant sites, we often find the famous “Frequently Asked Questions” page. This expression is an approximate translation of the English acronym FAQ which means “Frequently asked questions”. It doesn’t really mean the same thing, but we understand the idea.
3. RIP = Rest in Peace
When someone dies but you don’t know him well enough to cry all the tears in your body (Johnny for example), you write a little “RIP” thinking like everyone else that it’s the English acronym for ” Rest in Peace”. In reality, RIP comes from the Latin “requiescat in pace”, it means the same thing but not in the same language.
If you were born long after the 80s, the heyday of unprotected sex and the beginnings of AIDS, you might not know that AIDS is an acronym. The full name is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome but no one ever said that because it’s awfully long and then it’s kinda scary.
Modem (and I’m not talking about the Bayrou ptdr party) is a portmanteau for talking about a modulator-demodulator. According to Wikipedia, it is a device used to convert digital data from the computer into a modulated signal. Basically, it’s the thing you need to go on the internet (among other things).
When you see a speed camera on the road when you’re driving at 140 instead of 110, you first think to yourself, “Fuck his mother, it would be a question of slowing down”. It’s a shame because you could rather wonder about the origin of this common name which is in fact the acronym for “radio detecting and ranging”. It can be translated by “detection and estimation of distance by radio waves” but also by “sausage sandwich”, it all depends on your level of English.
The civil solidarity pact is a bit like marriage but less boring and less expensive in petit fours and cakes. Today, the acronym has become so democratized that it has become a common noun and even a verb: pacser.
The origin of the acronym “OK” is dark and mysterious; linguists and people on Twitter have been fighting since the dawn of time to know the true meaning of this overused word. For some, OK would be the abbreviation of “oll korrect”, a graphic alteration of “all correct” (we trust you for the translation). For others, the word OK dates back to the Civil War during which soldiers said “Zero Kill” or “0K” to designate the absence of a victim.