Noël malin

Noël malin
Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Sneaky French Expression

Meaning Christmas sales / bargains
Literally cunning Christmas
Register informal
Pronunciation [nuh ehl mah leh(n)]
IPA   [nɔ ɛl ma lɛ̃]

Usage notes: The informal French expression Noël malin refers to Christmas sales or bargains, and also plays on consumers’ vanity at the same time.

If you’re wondering what malin, which means "shrewd" or "cunning," has to do with Christmas, the answer is simple: it doesn’t. This expression isn’t describing Christmas or the sales, but rather you: the cunning consumer who is far too smart to pass up these amazing bargains. Or at least, that’s the idea. When a store says Noël malin, what they’re really saying is Noël (pour le) malin.

Par exemple…

Offres Noël malin   Christmas offers [for the savvy shopper]
Un Noël malin avec Boutique xyz !   Don’t miss the amazing Christmas sales at Store xyz!
Noël malin, Noël radin   Shrewd Christmas, cheap Christmas
Pour un Noël malin et écolo : des cadeaux recyclés   For an affordable [and cunning] and ecological Christmas: recycled gifts

More shopping expressions

 Related lessons

Stay up to date with Lawless French!
Twitter Facebook Quora Instagram Pinterest YouTube RSS Newsletter
Quora

Any Questions?

 Get help on the forum.
  
 

More Lawless French

 Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter.
       

Support Lawless French

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation.

Your support is entirely optional but tremendously appreciated.