Tant pis

Tant pis - French expression
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French Expression

Meaning oh well, never mind, too (damn) bad, tough
Literally so much worse
Register normal, informal, familiar, vulgar
Pronunciation [ta(n) pee]
IPA   [tɑ̃ pi]

Usage notes: The French expression tant pis can be used in a variety of ways with two essential meanings.

Fatalism

When you’re disappointed but resigned to your fate.

Par exemple…

Il n’y a plus de vin mais tant pis.   There’s no more wine but oh well. (the stores are closed)
C’est un peu cher mais tant pis.   It’s a bit expensive but never mind. (we have to buy it)

Synonyms

  • C’est dommage
  • C’est dur
  • Dommage
  • Quel dommage

Accusation/Refusal

Whatever happened, it’s your own fault.

 French students, please note that this is stronger than the neutral "too bad." Use it sparingly.

Par example…

C’est tant pis pour toi.   That’s just too damn bad for you.
– Je ne veux pas travailler aujourd’hui.
– Tant pis !
  – I don’t want to work today.
– Tough!

Antonym: tant mieux – good, all the better

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