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I need the spelling of a word.. my grandmother was a full fledged french canadian lady.. she and my grandfather spoke their slangy french all the time and therefore some of the words are part of my regular vocabulary..

i can not find a spelling for what we called slippers. it sounds sorta like poupons - i know that poupon means bebe in regular french-- it's possible this is the spelling of the word we used but i am not sure.

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Old 12-08-2011, 06:29 PM
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I am Canadian...and am part French, I even have a kid in a French Immersion school...but I had no idea. LOL, so I googled it - pantoufle Does that sound like it might be it?
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no lol

it sounds like the mustard
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:34 PM
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LOL Did you try Michy? She should know these things.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:47 PM
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Stéphanie here should know, too.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:56 PM
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I lived in Quebec and we called them pantoufles. Mouton is the word for sheep, so they might have used a derivative from wool or something.

ETA: they could also be called Pichous.
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pantoufles, as kiki said, or chaussons, maybe?
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nope..def pou sound. We still say it-- my grandfather just said it the other day so i know i'm not remembering it wrong ^_^ I'm sure it's just a weird altered version of something.
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See, I'm not Canadian, I speak very little of English and French, but I have TONS of Brazilian friends living en Quebec, so... maybe they were talking about sheepskin slippers = pantoufles en peau (which I think would sound like pou) de mouton.
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lol.. maybe..

french canadians are weird. i've decided that.
i'm sure it's just another situation of transferring a word to another meaning like how we said bibittes (spelling.. again ) for chocolate jimmies.
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there's also apparently a gabillion versions of canadian french.. AND the version spoken in my area (northeast us) is slightly altered from that of other areas. Super duper. LOL i'm never going to find it.
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ha ha bibittes is used for bugs, here...

We're not weird, we just have an extensive slang, but that always happens when a small "bubble" of people do not speak the same language as the sea of people around them. Also, we use alot of English terms (especially where I live - near the Ontario border).

I'm still thinking about the slippers - I really have no clue... Maybe it's a brand name?
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MIL calls them pantoufles too- I think. I don't know if they shorten it or what, but it sounds like "pan-toose" or "pan-tooz" depending on who says it.
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I need the spelling of a word.. my grandmother was a full fledged french canadian lady.. she and my grandfather spoke their slangy french all the time and therefore some of the words are part of my regular vocabulary..

i can not find a spelling for what we called slippers. it sounds sorta like poupons - i know that poupon means bebe in regular french-- it's possible this is the spelling of the word we used but i am not sure.

Thank you kindly :]
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I know this is old but my whole family also called knitted slipper poupons. I'm from a big french community in Connecticut but we lost most of our french. That part of the family I was told were all from Montreal and Sainte Marie though I have dig up surveys suggesting some other members might have lived further north near the west Quebec border and others in Quebec City. It might be a slang word not used since the early 1900s in or near Montreal
would be my best guess. They did have a habit of slurring english and French words together to make new meanings as well so that cpuld be a factor. Every baby for instance is "La petite bibits" but it sounds almost like "pretty".
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Hello Lauren,

I’m not Canadian just French lol.
The 1st word that came to me to translate slippers is «*chaussons*», it sounds like «*poupon*» so maybe it is this word?
Then Pantoufles would be the right word to translate it.
If not I love all the versions I read here, think canadian french is super fun and interesting!
Hope it’ll help!
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It definitely is poupons. But we used it only to describe the hand-made old fashioned knitted slippers that our Mémère made for us. Any other regular slippers were pantoufles where I come from.
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babouche, charentaise, chausson, chaussure, gougounes, mule, savate, soulier
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