My boss, that duck
I worked in Paris for a couple of years in the 90's. My boss was a somewhat unpleasant individual, not very popular, in fact so unpopular the staff referred to him behind his back as le connard (never got to the bottom of the exact translation, but 'the bastard' will do). At home one evening I was telling my wife what people thought of my boss, and she was extremely puzzled: "But why do they call him 'the duck'?" I suppose with my accent it sounded like le canard. I went back into work and told the girls, and le canard stuck. Unfortunately I didn't, and I was back home in the UK by the following year!
Sent by: Mike