You are in the right place to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the funny French sentence “Je suis vénère”.
To be more specific, it includes a complete definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And because learning a new language is important, we also added some super useful stuff like synonyms, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!
It literally means:
What is this weird word “vénère“? Well, it’s actually a twist of an existing word: “énervé” which means “Angry / Irritated / Pissed off“.
It’s twisted by a mechanism we call “verlan” which is inverting the syllables of a word to make a cool alternative version of the word. The word “verlan” itself is the “verlan” version of “(à) l’envers” which means “backwards“. (ver-l’en → verlan)
So “enérvé” turned into “vé-nère” and became more and more popular. Now it’s widely used among several generations, but it still a slang word that you should avoid in formal contexts.
When something or someone makes you angry, you can use: “Je suis vénère !“. For example, you just had a car accident because someone didn’t respect the traffic light, you might want to say (or yell): “Je suis vénère !“.
Plot twist: if you want to sound like a true French use instead: “Ah putain ! Je suis vénère !” (Oh fuck! I’m pissed off!)
Be careful with the pronunciation, because if instead of “vénère” you say “vénèré” with an extra accent on the last letter, the meaning is completely changing.
In this case what you are saying is: “I am venerated/adored/admired” which can cause some funny misunderstandings…