We are going to teach you all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic French sentence “Je suis vénère”.
Are included a full definition of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Together with the cool informations we sprinkled like 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 is 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, if 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…