the stag's daughter (doe_witch) wrote in linguaphiles,
the stag's daughter

Bel ami

I have a brief query for those who might know colloquial French a little better than I do; mine's rusty sometimes. Does the phrase or term of address "bel ami" hold any meaning beyond the literal "beautiful friend"? See Maupassant's novel Bel-Ami, which I haven't read, but which some stuff online has indicated has led to some kind of association between the phrase and "lady killer." Is that totally erroneous? I also noticed there's a French gay adult film company that goes by that name; is there a queer connotation? Anyway... yes. Just curious.
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