Mudcat Café message #4002558 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #159332   Message #4002558
Posted By: Charmion
29-Jul-19 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: a fisher-cat thread
Subject: RE: BS: a fisher-cat thread
Mrrzy, a "fichu" is a triangular scarf or shawl that covers the back of the neck, the shoulders and the upper bosom, thus leaving to the imagination what one's robe décolletée would reveal.

As a verb, "fichu(e)" is the past participle of the infinitive "ficher", which originally meant "fix" or "fasten", as with a nail. The "fasten" sense led to the scarf through the way it was tucked and pinned in place. The nail-driving sense led to the slang usage.

In Canada, where I speak French, it's not quite as intense as "fucked", more like "bothered". Ça m'en fiche -- that really bugs me.