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Discombobulate in French

For those native French speakers out there how would you say discombobulate in French?

My12 year old son used this word recently (I have no idea where he leaned it from as it's not a word we tend to use in everyday conversation) and now he's asking me how to say it in French. My dictionaries are no help whatsoever and as for google translate well it was a waste of energy typing the word.

Maybe some of you profficient French speakers can help me?
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For those native French speakers out there how would you say discombobulate in French?

My12 year old son used this word recently (I have no idea where he leaned it from as it's not a word we tend to use in everyday conversation) and now he's asking me how to say it in French. My dictionaries are no help whatsoever and as for google translate well it was a waste of energy typing the word.

Maybe some of you profficient French speakers can help me?
Not a native french speaker, but I would think déconcerter ?
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Re: Discombobulate in French

déconcerter, décontenancer
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Re: Discombobulate in French

According to my Hachette dictionary, it gives "bouleverser" for discombobulate, or perhaps "bouleversement"
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Re: Discombobulate in French

I have no idea how strong the English word is. Déconcerter is kind of"WTF?".... bouleverser somebody is really about totally destabilize him and leaving him overwhelmed. You understand the English word better than I, you'll know.
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Re: Discombobulate in French

Maybe if I knew what it meant in English first...
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Old 13.08.2012, 14:46
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Re: Discombobulate in French

According to my Collins English dictionary it means "Coitus Interruptus" and I think you need to have a chat with your son fairly soon.

Further reading:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...iscombobulated
"to be confused or disconcerted; (UK and US: discomposed)"
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I have no idea how strong the English word is. Déconcerter is kind of"WTF?".... bouleverser somebody is really about totally destabilize him and leaving him overwhelmed. You understand the English word better than I, you'll know.
I've never used the word in French, but the dictionary describes bouleversement as upheaval, whole place turned upside down; which is how I would describe discombobulate in english.
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Re: Discombobulate in French

Décomposé, confondu, étonné
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Re: Discombobulate in French

OK, if it's stronger than déconcerté, go with Sky.
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Re: Discombobulate in French

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My dictionaries are no help whatsoever and as for google translate well it was a waste of energy typing the word.
Google Translate is sort of adequate for getting the general meaning of text; utterly useless for translating individual words. For that I use WordReference.Com, a large collection of bilingual dictionaries. It translates discombobulate into troubler, which more or less fits in with other suggestions.
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