Caitlin (jonestownfiesta) wrote in linguaphiles,

French question:

I was reading an interview with Shia LaBeouf in Parade magazine in which he said:

"In French, LaBeouf means 'beef,' but mine is spelled wrong. It should be 'LaBoeuf.' My grandmother was a beatnik lesbian in the '50s, who hated her family and decided to change the spelling, and it's been that way ever since. So you go to France and people are like, 'LaBeouf? You have an illiterate last name.' By the way, Shia is a bad four-letter word in French. So the literal translation of my name is 'Shit the Beef.' Kind of rock-starry isn't it?"

Am I mistaken in thinking that merde is the only word for 'shit' in French? Is shia also used? Or does it have another meaning?


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