Get prepared to learn everything you want to know about the basic French idiom “Tu as du bol”.
To be more specific, it includes a complete guide of what it is and how to use it in a conversation with an audio example. Not to mention the useful things we sprinkled like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!
It literally means:
Why would it be a sign of luck to have some bowl?
Well, because “bol” means “bowl” in modern French, but back in time it used to also mean “ass“. And like in many Latin languages, the ass is associated with luck, so “To have some bowl (ass)” means “To be lucky“.
Nowadays, we don’t associate the word “bol” with ass anymore, so it’s not that vulgar, but it’s still informal.
This is informal, so try to avoid using it at work or in any formal situation, use instead “Tu es chanceux” (You are lucky) or even more formal “Vous êtes chanceux“.
Let’s imagine the context allows you to say such things and you are talking with someone telling you an anecdote where he/she got super lucky. Then you can say: “Tu as vraiment du bol !” (You are really lucky!) or simply “Tu as du bol !” (You are lucky)
Absolutely everything said above works equally for the expression: “Tu as du pot“. The only difference is that nowadays “pot” means “jar” instead of “bowl“.