Idiom of the Week: Excuse My French

Meaning: An apology when you swear or curse. Sometimes expressed as “Pardon my French.”


Excuse my French, but these noodles taste like s&!#$.

I don’t understand these f*%$@!# directions! Excuse my French.

Her mother forgot she was talking to her and said a really bad word. “Pardon my French,” she added.

Pop Quiz:

When would it be appropriate to say “Pardon my French“?

A.   After sneezing.

B.  After using an expletive.

C.  After saying you’re sorry.

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The correct answer is B. An expletive is a swear word, also known as a curse word. It’s a little polite to say “Pardon my French” or “Excuse my French” after swearing – but it’s even more polite to not swear in the first place!

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