Québécois 101

Se faire passer un sapin (Seu-fer-pass-ay-uhn-sa-pein): This expression literally translates to “to be given a fir tree.” When we buy wood it is preferable to buy more noble essences like pine or spruce, but not the cheaper quality fir. If you bought fir wood and you were made to believe it was something better, then you were “passé un sapin.” Essentially it means to get swindled, to get scammed or to be deceived.

Comic by Paku Daoust-Cloutier

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