Learn the French Word Vouvoyer

This is a very interesting word that the French may use to reprimand someone, or to remind them, or inform them of status. Essentially, vouvoyer (pronounced "voo vwa yay") means to use "vous" with someone. "Vous" is the more formal version of "you", whereas "tu" is informal.


Il faut vouvoyer le chef.
You should use "vous" with the boss (equivalent to saying "call him sir").


Le vouvoiement - the action of using "vous" with someone.

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