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[Feb. 6th, 2011|04:22 am]
I can't believe this is an actual research questions I have, but...

Any francophones out there know if "fouille-merde" carries or would carry basically the same meaning as "fudgepacker"? (I'm almost certain it would, but I'm not quite confident enough in my French-reading skills to be sure I'm not missing something or jumping to a wrong conclusion.)

[User Picture]From: kent_va
2011-02-06 01:08 pm (UTC)
I would say no. I've never come across this term before, but in doing a little internet searching, I think it means someone who is curious and very indiscreet - someone who stirs up shit, a muckraker.
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[User Picture]From: drownedinink
2011-02-06 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (To be honest I had no idea you were still there).

Well, what makes this tricky is the context. It's from a sixteenth century journal describing the mignons of Henri III. So while you could be wrong I'm also thinking it might mean something like "shit-diggers."
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[User Picture]From: kent_va
2011-02-07 11:17 am (UTC)
Yeah - I'm still lurking here! ;-)

It's hard to know without the context. Maybe they were getting involved in things that were none of their business? Were they trying to create trouble for others (you know the court is always full of political maneuvring ...)?

Although I am not familiar with history as you are, it seems that 'mignon' just means a favored person at court and that the Calvinists tried to associate that term with homosexuality to attack the king, even if there were no true connection. (Just from Wikipedia.fr - sorry, but it was quick).
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[User Picture]From: kent_va
2011-02-10 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's funny how you become sensitive to certain phrases after they're pointed out to you. I'm showing La Vie en Rose to my French students, and during the scene of the funeral of Louis Leplée, someone calls the the journalists who are hounding Edith Piaf des fouille-merdes. Voilà - so in this sense it is muckracker.

This was kind of like after George Allen lost the Virginia senate race a few years ago, I was watching Indochine and one of the French colonists called a Vietnamese person a 'macaca'.
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2011-04-10 02:11 pm (UTC)
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From: vaviagra
2011-04-12 09:46 am (UTC)
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