Meaning – this idiom is used to excuse a person for swearing or using bad language.  Variations include pardon my French, excuse my French.

Origin – The origin of the expression is unclear.  However, there are a number of similar expressions (in French as well as in English) which deflect the blame for the use of a culturally unacceptable habit.  For example, when leaving a party without saying goodbye to the host, the French say, “filer à l’anglaise” (to flee like the English) while the English say they are “taking French leave”.


idiom excuse my french, how to say sorry for swearing in English, apologise for using bad language in English


Idioms with a synonymous meaning Pardon my French.

Quotations using the idiom excuse my French:

Pardon my French, but you’re an asshole  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off   

You can also hear this idiom in context by listening to the fantastic song Excuse My French by Caro Emerald.


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