35 Things Only True Parisians Know

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Wear a scarf in _____.
Spring
Summer
Fall
All seasons
The scarf is for all seasons. It's a Parisian staple. Even in the warmth of summer, you have to know how to wear a scarf.

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Only go to a dinner party that starts at ____.
5pm
7pm
9pm or later
It's only fashionable if the dinner party starts at 9pm or later. This applies to each day of the working week.

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____ as if your life depended on it.
Exercise
Drink smoothies
Smoke
Oui. Smoke as if your life depended upon it. All Parisians smoke.

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Do Parisians visit the Eiffel Tower?
Yes
No
Parisians do not visit the Eiffel Tower. That is for tourists. That being said, sometimes when it sparkles at night they shed a little tear.

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It's important to eat ______.
Low-fat​ foods
Organic foods
Everything
Parisians eat for enjoyment, and they don't beat themselves up about it. Go ahead and eat that croissant for breakfast.

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Always kiss _____.
On one cheek
On both cheeks
You must always, always kiss on both cheeks. It will be awkward if you only kiss one cheek.
On the forehead

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Wearing workout clothes on the streets is ______.
Mandatory​
Embarrassing​
To wear workout clothes, even to the grocery store, is frowned upon. You should always make sure that you look your best.
Common

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When it comes to wine, _____.
Anything will do
Have a favorite
When it comes to wine, it's not enough to just order a red. You need to have your favorite, and you must order it often.

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After dinner, order _____.
Herbal tea
Hot water with lemon
Espresso​
All Parisians order espresso after a meal. You can pass on dessert, but not the coffee.

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Buy a cashmere sweater at ______.
Monop’
Monop’
All of the above
As a Parisian, there's no underestimating the power of Monop’. It's a cheap but chic city market that is for insiders only.

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Parisians are _____ to their friends.
Loyal
Parisians are incredibly loyal to their friends. It's a love/hate relationship, but there's always loyalty.
Disloyal

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Leave Paris in ______.
December
March
August
All Parisians know that August is the time to get out of town. The only people in Paris in August are the tourists.

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In terms of drinking, Parisians frequent _____.
Sacré-Cœur
Canal Saint-Martin
In terms of drinking, it's not all about buying a bottle of wine and sitting by the Seine. You want to hit up Canal Saint-Martin.
The Louvre

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Do Parisians believe in road rage?
Yes
Parisians are big fans of road rage. When in Paris, be sure to honk, shout and wave your arms.
No

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To talk for hours is to _____.
Embarrass yourself
Remake the world
Parisians talk for hours, and it's considered a very good way of passing the time. In Paris, they say, "remake the world."
Waste your time

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When a Parisian is a tourist in New York, they are ______ to other tourists.
Sympathetic
Disdainful
It's important to hate tourists when you're in Paris. But for Parisians, it's equally important to hate tourists when you are a tourist.

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How is standing in line?
Not bad
The worst
For a Parisian, standing in line is the worst experience on Earth. There's nothing that Parisians hate more.

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When Americans are having dinner, Parisians are having _____.
Lunch
L'apéro
At the hour when you're having dinner, the Parisians are enjoying L'apéro. This cocktail hour starts at about 7pm.
Dinner

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Parisians talk in _____.
Affirmatives
Negatives
Parisians talk in negatives all the time. For example, if something is good, you say "it's not bad."

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Who is more powerful, you or the fonctionnaire?
You
The fonctionnaire is the official who handles paperwork - any kind of paperwork. You're always in control, and you must get what you want from them.
Fonctionnaire

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Who smiles?
French people
Always remember that most French people smile, but Parisians do not. Perhaps that's because their rent is so expensive.
Parisians

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Parisians say they don't exercise, and in truth, ______.
They don't exercise
Parisians say they don't exercise, and in truth, they don't exercise. There's absolutely no need.
They exercise

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When something happens, _______.
Show your emotions
Speak your mind
Shrug it off
The dismissive shrug is very important for Parisians. Casually shrug it off, pout your lips and exhale.

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When stuck behind a slow pedestrian, ______.
Say "excuse me"
Scream
Give a deep sigh
Give a deep, bitter sigh when you're behind a slow pedestrian. If it's a tourist, you can sigh louder.

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Never try to contact a Parisian when they're ______.
In a bad mood
On vacation
To contact a Parisian while they're on vacation is basically a sin. You'll be forever blocked from the Parisian's phone.
On the job

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Parisian men love to be _____.
Sweet
Protective
Pretentious
Parisian men love to be pretentious. The model for all Parisian men is Serge Gainsbourg.

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In Paris, dress like _____.
New Yorkers
Your mother
Your neighbors
In Paris, people tend to dress like those others in their neighborhood. See what other people are wearing, and try to do the same.

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The best croissants are made with _______.
Butter
Criticism
Both
A truly great croissant is made with equal parts butter and criticism. When you eat it, enjoy it, but be a little smug about it.

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At dinner parties, _____.
Get angry
At dinner parties, it's important to find something to get angry about. Try to start a heated discussion about something.
Remain pleasant
Don't drink

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The word "putain" is _____.
Vile
Commonplace
The word "putain," a derogatory word for "loose woman," is used quite frequently. It's a fairly strong expletive, so use with caution.
Offensive

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When lighting a cigarette, say ______.
"I'm quitting smoking."
When lighting a cigarette, nonchalantly say that you're quitting smoking. It's always important to be quitting while you're smoking.
"What a fine day."
"I'm on a diet."

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Parisians love _____.
Big cars
Fast cars
Smart cars
Parisians love their smart cars. The more beaten up it is by Parisian life, the better.

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Do Parisians respect New York?
Yes
Parisians really do love New York, but they prefer Paris. Say, "New York c’est bien!"
No

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Parisian women love to ____.
Play hard to get
For Parisian women, it's all about playing hard to get. You want to pester and insult the man that you're interested in.
Lovingly flirt
Be kind

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Never forget the art of ______.
Being nice
Complaining
Never forget the subtle art of complaining. It doesn't matter what you're complaining about, just be sure to complain about it.
Smiling

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