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(* = familiar, ** = very familiar, *** = vulgar, v = Verlan (back-slang), Lit. = literally)

Un intello (*) An intellectual.
Short for un intellectuel, of which there are many in France.

Un proprio (*) A landlord.
Short for un propriétaire. Universally hated.

Un musicos (*) It's cool to pronounce the '-s', both in the singular and plural, des musicos.

Un Keuf (***v = flic) A policeman.
Don't use it if you meet French policemen!

Un gyneco (*) Short for un gynécologue, a gynecologist.

Un psy (*) Short for un psychologue, a psychologist.

Un toubib (*) A doctor.

Un kiné (*) Short for un kinésithérapeute, a physiotherapist



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