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The origins of an informal word

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There are some informal words, -slang words-, that we use far more than the “normal” or common words, like, for instance, the word “mec” (it means “guy”, but is perhaps more pejorative).


We use it very often to talk about men or guys. When you’re talking to your friends, you’re not going to say “L’homme là-bas…” (“The man there…”). No. Instead you say: “Le mec là-bas…” Or, if you want to say that you have a new boyfriend, you say “J’ai un nouveau mec”. This is a word that it is commonly used but not during serious conversations, job interviews and things like that, of course! However, I think that most people don’t know the origins of the word. According to Henriette Walter, a linguist, “mec” is the abbreviation of the word “maquereau”, which means “pimp”… Nowadays, it’s just an informal way to talk about guys.
Diam’s, a French rap singer, uses this word a lot in her songs Jeune demoiselle [recherche un mec mortel] (meaning Young lady [looks for a great guy])

Here is the beginning of the lyrics:
Jeune demoiselle recherche un mec mortel
Un mec qui pourra me donner des ailes
Un mec fidèle et qui n’a pas peur qu’on l’aime
Donc si t’as les critères babe laisse moi ton e-mail
Jeune demoiselle recherche un mec mortel
Un mec qui pourra me donner des ailes
Un mec qui rêve de famille et de toucher le ciel
Donc si t’as les critères babe laisse moi ton e-mail

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