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Posted: Fri 20 Jun 2014 11:53
by Kate
Coming from the word ‘l'envers’, (the reverse), Verlan is a well-known form of French slang which involves reversing the syllables. Many words of verlan are used quite regularly in everyday French, and not just by the kids!

Here are a few popular words used often in verlan

chelou (louche) - shady, dodgy
une meuf (une femme) - woman, wife
ouf (fou) – crazy
relou (lourd) – heavy
une reum (mère) – mother
un reup (père) – father
une teuf (fête) – party
zarbi (bizarre) – strange

Posted: Fri 20 Jun 2014 13:31
by opas
Youngest got em all......except she says zarbi is old fashioned! I'll take her word for it.

Posted: Mon 23 May 2016 12:27
by Jenjenlouise
Chelou ( louche) si weird :P
I can Tell you a lot more if you want ?

Posted: Mon 23 May 2016 12:40
by martyn94
Some of the best-known ones have got so stale that they have been "re-verlanised": eg "arabe" goes to "beur", then goes to "rebeu".