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    Un ange passe

    Is an English version of the French phrase "un ange passe" used commonly?
    What does that exactly mean?

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    Re: Un ange passe

    I would translate that from French as "An angel passes". Is it an idiom in French? If so, in what situation is it used? I can't think of an English idiom that sounds similar right now.
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    Re: Un ange passe

    Yes, it's a comon idiom in French. When a group of people are in conversation and there is a sudden, possibly uncomfortable, silence, someone will say "un ange passe". This effectively breaks the silence. As far as I know there is no equivalent in English.
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    Re: Un ange passe

    I can't think of one. If there were a uncomfortable lapse in conversation, I might expect someone to eventually say "Uh oh. Awkward silence!" That might at least make a few people laugh and might spark off new conversation.
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    Re: Un ange passe

    The Spanish equivalent (word for word, but not in the same order - though it means the same) is pasa un ángel. I have a vague recollection of something like 'someone walked over my grave' - but when I look at that it seems ridiculous! (Can anyone else confirm or correct this?

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    Re: Un ange passe

    Some people say "Someone just walked over my grave" when they suddenly shiver without any apparent reason.
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    Re: Un ange passe

    Yes, or they say "You can hear a pin drop!", which actually makes the uncomfortable silence even worse, as everyone becomes much more aware of it!

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    Re: Un ange passe

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Some people say "Someone just walked over my grave" when they suddenly shiver without any apparent reason.
    That's the one - so, not relevant

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    Re: Un ange passe

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Crickets chirp

    "The idea is that you can only hear crickets when there are no other sounds, such as conversation or laughter. Often used to denote the awkward pause after a bad joke."

    Source: Urban Dictionary.

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    "An awkward silence filled the room. I could have heard a cricket chirp, had one been hiding in the corner."

    Source: a novel by Staci McLaughlin in Google "books."


    *****

    Ten people are having a wonderful conversation, laughing, and drinking (orange juice).

    Mona: Tony is handsome.
    The nine other people voice their agreement.
    Tony: And Mona is beautiful.
    The nine other people voice their agreement.
    Raul: TheParser is intelligent.

    Total silence.

    Someone then quietly says, "Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!"

    (Full disclosure: When I discussed this thread with someone, he told me about the "cricket chirp" idea. I had NEVER heard about it in my 78 years of life. So I then did some googling -- and learned something new.)

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