Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Coup de Boule: Zidane, Il l'a frappé!

Coup de Boule

I predict this will be the French equivelent of "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"--ie: a song that may be mildly entertaining the first time you hear it, but will drive you absolutely nuts when you hear it for the 89 zillionth time. This was supposedly made as a joke the day after the loss to Italy, and sent out via email. It was played by a radio station soon after, and calls came flooding in. It's now at the top of the charts in France, and you hear it on the beach, in the bars, and pouring out of little cars. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the rhyme.)

Nonetheless, it shows that some people are laughing about the "incident" that got so many tongues wagging around the world.

"Zidane, il va marquer!" (Zidane's going to score!) gets transformed into, "Zidane, Il l'a frappé! Zidane, Il l'a tappé!" (Zidane hit him! Zidane smacked him! Zidane whammed him! etc.) "La Coupe, On l'a ratée!" (The World Cup, we missed it.) Coup de Boule is a slangy way of saying head butt (which is slangy in its own right--there isn't really a proper way to describe something so improper to do.)




At 10:38 AM, August 01, 2006, Blogger Chelee said...


At 8:03 PM, August 01, 2006, Anonymous ladyjicky said...

Oh my gosh - I love it! Ok, Ok , I am not hearing it on the radio in the shops on the TV here in Australia all the time but that tune is sooooo catchy. LOL
We (Australia) did pretty well this year but when we dropped out I was on the French side! We were watching the live broadcast late at night and I was so sad you lost. Anyway, I am going to play it again Mrs B ! OK - here we go.................

At 1:30 AM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous ladyjicky said...

Mrs B in Paris - my 72 year mother just came over this afternoon and she loves this too!
Mum says " Isn't it good of her to go to the trouble of putting it on the Computer so others will get alot of enjoyment too"

At 10:22 AM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just one remark: it's not 'coupe de boule' but 'coup de boule' wich means 'head blow'.

bye for now,

At 6:24 PM, August 02, 2006, Blogger La Rêveuse said...

Woops. Thanks. Fixed!

(PS remind the BBC, too. I believe I mispelled based on their mispelling! Wait, is that how you spell misspelled? AGH!)

At 12:22 PM, August 05, 2006, Anonymous Sam said...

You're right...this is entertaining for about ten seconds before it becomes irritating. But you gotta love the french for at least having a good sense of humor.

At 7:43 PM, August 05, 2006, Blogger La Rêveuse said...

MJ--sorry, I don't allow links in comments.

At 5:29 PM, August 06, 2006, Blogger MJ said...

Oh sorry, the "Kibe Loco - Efeito Zidane no Miss Universo" video on youtube is really a must see if you didn't look at it.


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