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sionnach commented on the word sucrer les fraises
In one source, I have seen this as having the meaning 'to die'. Other sources give the auxiliary meaning "to have the shakes". Literally "to sugar the strawberries".
On edit: after further investigation, I think the meaning 'to die' must be discredited. The source for it was Adam Jacot de Boinod's "The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World", which is an amusing book, but one whose accuracy has been widely questioned on a number of fronts. The 'have the shakes' meaning is confirmed in several sources; I have not been able to find corroboration of de Boinod's assertion that it means 'to die'.
December 19, 2007