Another roundy-round French word sounding polite. But its echoes belie its meaning. Nothing to do with ‘poli’ as in ‘polite’, nor ‘sonner’ as in ‘to sound’. It means ‘to fool around’ or ‘get up to mischief’, and is complemented by an adjective, ‘polisson’ or ‘polissonne’, and a noun, ‘une polissonnerie’, meaning ‘a piece of mischief’ or ‘saucy, naughty goings-on’, whatever they are. And I like that double-s followed by double-n.
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