Languages › French "Ce N'est Pas Terrible" French Expression Share Flipboard Email Print PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 12, 2019 Expression: Ce n'est pas terrible Pronunciation: [seu nay pah tay reebl] Meaning: it's not that great Register: informal Notes The French expression ce n'est pas terrible is a weird one, because the word terrible is a semi-faux ami par excellence, as it can mean either "terrible" or "terrific." Yes, it's true—if someone says c'est terrible ! they might mean "it's great!" or they might mean "it's awful!" In the negative, ironically, terrible is usually positive, so ce n'est pas terrible (or, more familiarly, c'est pas terrible) most commonly means "it's not so great, it's nothing special." Examples Georges adore ce vin, mais à mon avis, ce n'est pas terrible. Georges loves this wine, but I don't think it's that great. - Qu'est-ce que tu as pensé de ce film ? - Pas terrible. - What did you think of that movie? - (It was) nothing special.