soft, quiet, slow (chain_rule) wrote in linguaphiles,
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French expression?

At dinner a couple weeks ago, people were laughing about an expression in French, something like "Elle a de l'intelligence et de la distinction" (but not exactly). When they said "intelligence", they sort of cupped their breasts, and then for "distinction" (or whatever it was), their butts. What does this mean, and what is the actual expression, anyway?

Would you say this of a curvy woman as sort of euphemistic way of complimenting her figure? (Would using this expression also imply that although she had a nice figure, she wasn't smart?)

Or would you say this of a woman who was smart but not curvy? (As if to say, at least she's smart?)

Merci bien. :)

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