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In French, “Appeler un chat un chat” (To call a cat a cat) is a way to say that we should call the things by their name.
It encourages us to stop trying to change the words and just frankly call things the way they really are.
Let’s say someone is talking about a cheating husband like: “You know, it was a difficult phase of his life, their couple was running through a tough phase, he wanted something new…“.
You might want to say: “Il faut appeler un chat un chat, il l’a trompée, c’est tout.” → “We must call a cat a cat, he cheated on her, that’s it.“
The less polite version being: “Stop your bullshit, he cheated on her, that’s it.“
“(Ne pas) tourner autour du pot.” → (To not) turn around the pot