This piece is collected in a casual interview setting around a cup of coffee. My informant (BA) was born in Lille, France, and moved to California in 2002 with her husband for their jobs at Caltech. She has a Master in Human Resources and Detection of High Potentials, is a mother of two teenage girls, loves to garden and go on hikes, and is overall a very energetic and happy woman.
The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant (BA) and interviewer.
Interviewer: How do you cure hiccups?
BA: Ah, bah, you have to sing this song as many times as you can without breathing! It goes like this *she proceeds to sing it*
J’ai le hoquet, Dieu me la fait, vive Jésus, je n’l’ai plus!
Interviewer: Where did you learn this song from?
BA: My grandmother taught me it, you know, *names the person.* She would make me and my little brother sing it until our hiccups went away and it really worked, it worked every time. It was really funny. I don’t know where she learned it from though.
Original song: J’ai le hoquet, Dieu me la fait, vive Jésus, je n’l’ai plus!
Transliterate translation (word for word) *note that “n’l’ai” is a slur of “ne” and “l’ai” together, which is the equivalent of slurring “don’t have it” as one word*: I have the hiccup, God did it to me, long live Jesus, I don’t have it anymore!
Fully translated song: I have hiccups, God did it to me, long live Jesus, I don’t have it anymore!
Thoughts: I have heard of holding your breath to stop from hiccuping before, but I discovered the “hiccup song” from my informant. I believe, like she does, that this method works. If holding your breath for as long as possible gets rid of the hiccups, singing a song for you to lose your breath faster can only help!
For more versions of the French hiccup song, and other ways of getting rid of hiccups, please follow this link: http://nichkouna.blogspot.com/2009/05/le-hoquet-hiccup-schluck-schluckauf.html