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The French expression "Je suis en pétard" revealed

You are going to find out everything you want to know about the funny idiom "Je suis en pétard !". It includes a full definition of what it is and how you can use it in everyday life with an audio example.In addition, we also added some useful things like synonyms, slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : I'm super mad!

  • Literal meaning : I'm in firecracker!

  • Register : Informal - Funny

Audio pronunciation



  • IPA : / ʒə sɥiz‿ ɑ̃ petaʁ ! /

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What does it mean?


It literally means:

Fireworks can be perceived as something nice, a light color show that will delight the children... but come on, by definition it's just f*cking NOISY EXPLOSIONS.

That's why angry French people use this when they are mad about something... because it makes them want to EXPLODE and make A LOT OF NOISE.

How to use

So, when something or someone makes you angry, you can use: "Je suis en pétard !". For example, if you just had a car accident because someone didn't respect the traffic light, you might want to say (or yell): "Je suis en pétard !".

Plot twist: if you want to sound like a true French, use instead: "Ah putain ! Je suis en pétard !" (Oh fuck! I'm so pissed!)


Example in a dialogue with French audio


Je suis en pétard !

I'm in firecracker!*

Détends-toi, c'est pas grave

Relax, that doesn't matter

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