Expression – French

Expression from Nantes, France

Tatouille or Recevoir une tatouille – Get reprimanded usually with a smack – As a young kid, I often heard it from my uncle as a warning threat if I was goofing around too much!

Collector’s Analysis: It was interesting to note that different types of punishment are accepted in different countries. Smacks are widely accepted in France and are thought of as a useful way if disciplining children at a young age. In contrast, any sport of smacking or spanking is looked down upon and in some places is banned.