“Appelons un chat un chat !”

Written by Anthony Lucas, French teacher since 2007

Appelons un chat un chat

Literal translation

“Let’s call a cat a cat”

English equivalence

“Let’s call a spade a spade!”

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Explanation / Comment

Why call a cat by a different name?

That’s the point!
Don’t be shy: use this idiom to prompt you to be direct, to speak frankly.

Sometimes it’s better to tell it like it is rather than beating about the bush.


🇫🇷 “Appelons un chat un chat : cet homme est insupportable !”

🇬🇧 “Let’s call a spade a spade: this man is unbearable!

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