English Idiom - Pardon My French

Today's idiom is pardon my French. We say "Pardon my French" as a funny way to apologize for cursing or using profanity. It is also common to say excuse my French.

Back in the 1800s, the phrase was used when you actually used a French word or phrase in your speaking. You might say, "The film had a certain, je ne sais quoi." Then you'd say "Pardon my French," because it was a little rude to speak French in front of people who might not understand. Eventually French developed some negative connotations in Englishโ€”sorry French speakers!โ€”and the phrase came to be used with swear words.

Here are some examples!

Examples

Shit, I hit my headโ€”Oops, pardon my French!

When John accidentally said a bad word, his wife told him, "John, don't curse in front of the children!" He replied, "Oh, I'm sorry, pardon my French!"

Excuse my French, but this movie sucks! 

 A famous example of   pardon my French   from  Ferris Bueller's Day Off .

A famous example of pardon my French from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


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