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Façon de Parler

Idiomatic or usual form of speech, not meant to be offensive. I once told a waiter in Norway that the meat he brought me for breakfast was not sufficiently cooked; and he bluntly told me it was not true (det er ikke sandt), but he did not intend to be rude. It was the Norwegian “façon de parler.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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