What is the verlan?
Verlan is a form of slang.
💡 Slang = vocabulary used by a specific social group that differentiates it from others. To learn more about slang, I invite you to read my article on the different language registers.
Verlan is a linguistic principle that consists of inverting two or more syllables of a word to form a new one.
Writing and pronunciation change, but not the meaning of the word
For example :
"Fou" (crazy) becomes in verlan "ouf"
💡 The word "verlan" is even a verlan. "Verlan" means "l'envers (upside down)", which is the proper principle of verlan. 🤪
Do I have to learn the verlan ?
Verlan is very popular among young people and orally.
You have certainly already heard a few words of verlan in series, films or in French songs.
It is therefore important to know a few words of verlan in order to be the least lost if you hear them in a conversation.
I have prepared a list below of the main verlan words used in France.
Main words in verlan :
➔ Chelou is the verlan of the word louche
➔ Meuf is the verlan of the word femme
➔ Zarbi is the verlan of the word bizarre
➔ Teuf is the verlan of the word fête
➔ Vénère is the verlan of the word énervé
➔ Pécho is the verlan of the word choper
➔ Teubé is the verlan of the word bête
➔ Relou is the verlan of the word lourd
➔ Laisse béton is the verlan of the expression Laisse béton
➔ Reum is the verlan of the word mère
Verlan now has no more secrets for you.
See you soon for new adventures, in French of course! 🇫🇷