We are going to explain you everything you want to know about the funny French phrase “Oh mince”.
Including a complete definition of what it is and how you can use it in everyday life with an audio example. Plus, we also added useful things like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example and more!
If you want to express frustration or anger in formal contexts without using vulgar swear words, you can use:
N.B: It’s not “formal” per se but “neutral” and so it won’t be shocking
But for something more vulgar: “Merde / Putain / Bordel / Fait chier” are used exactly like “Crap / Fuck / Shit / etc.” in English. But we like to make a sentence out of them according to the level of angriness and vulgarity we want.
Vulgar (Just one swear word):
Super vulgar (x2 combo):
Super mega vulgar (x3 combo):
Infinite vulgarity (x4 combo):
N.B. some translations above are a bit approximative since there is no direct English equivalent, but it reflects the spirit of each possibility as close as possible from the French version.
French pro trick: sometimes you start to say naturally “Merde” (Shit) but before finishing de first syllable you realize you are in a formal context and that it wouldn’t be appropriate.
So, if you just said “Mmm” you can switch to “Mince” which is not vulgar and has the same meaning → Mmmm…ince.
But if you already said “Meee“, instead of finishing the word “Merde” you say “Mercredi” (Wednesday) instead → Mer…credi. In this case people will know you almost said “Merde” but it’s still better than actually saying it.)