Vendredi fou

Vendredi fou
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Non-Standard French Expression

MeaningBlack Friday
Literallycrazy Friday
Registerinformal
PronunciationFrench sound files [va(n) dr(eu) dee foo]
IPA  [vã dʁə di fu]

Usage notes: As every red-blooded American – and savvy shopper – knows, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States is the official start of Christmas shopping, known as Black Friday. One of the biggest sale days of the year, this unofficial holiday has been seeping northward into Canada, where it is sometimes referred to as Vendredi fou.* However, this is not a standard French expression; in fact, when this same sort of sale takes place in France, it’s typically called, in good franglais, le Black Friday.

Par exemple…

J’ai besoin d’un nouveau mobile, mais je vais attendre le Vendredi fou. I need a new cellphone, but I’m going to wait for Black Friday (to buy it).
Trop de gens doivent travailler le Vendredi fou. Too many people have to work on Black Friday.

Synonymous expressions (all non-standard)

  • Vendredi dément
  • Vendredi dingue
  • Vendredi en folie
  • Vendredi exceptionnel
  • Super Vendredi
  • Mégasolde de novembre / d’avant Noël / d’avant les Fêtes

 * Why not Vendredi noir? That term typically refers to a tragic event that occurred on a Friday, such as the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack (2015) or the Edmonton tornado of 1987.  

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