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French Expression "Métro, Boulot, Dodo" Explained

French Expression "Métro, Boulot, Dodo" Explained

The informal French expression métro, boulot, dodo (pronounced may tro boo lo do do) is a wonderfully succinct way of saying that you live to work. Métro refers to a subway commute, boulot is an informal word for work, and dodo is baby talk for sleeping.

The English equivalents-the rat race, the same old routine, work work work-don't quite capture the same sense of constant movement, and a more literal English translation, "commute, work, sleep," isn't as poetic as the French.

Example

Depuis ma promotion, c'est métro, boulot, dodo!
Translation: Ever since my promotion, it's been nothing but work, work, work!