The Taipei Representative Office in France recently posted a short article on its Facebook page “Taiwan en France,” to explain that the French expression “Il a vraiment une chance de cocu!” (he is as lucky as a cuckold), far from being a sarcastic remark, is rather an expression to congratulate someone as a lucky devil.
The office explained that the word “cocu” in the sentence refers to “being a cuckold.” The word ‘s original meaning is cuckoo, a bird famous for its promiscuity. Cuckoos not only don’t have fixed partners, they also won’t make their own nests or raise their young.
So why is it considered lucky to be a cuckold? The office explained that the phrase originated in 19th century France, when people thought that if you were unlucky enough to be cheated on, you must have suffered your fair share of misfortune. Therefore, the saying reflects the belief that there is always a rainbow after the rain and a future of good fortune will make up for the betrayal endured by the cuckold.
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(Translated by Rita Wang, Taipei Times)
我駐法代表處在臉書粉專「Taiwan en France」發文指出，「Il a vraiment une chance de cocu!（他真有被戴綠帽的好運呢！）」這句話並非在諷刺他人，而是形容「非常幸運」。
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