I have a bad memory. I rarely watch TV. Yet I still remember how, a decade ago, I paused when Mc Solar, the French rap singer was asked during an interview what was his favourite word.
To start with, there is something strikingly conforting, in the sound of this word : the shape of the syllable seems to grow bigger as the word drives to a close. Ba Chi Bou Zouk. What makes this word so peculiar to the ears of the French (or at least to mine) is the mix of unusual sounds, the blend of ‘x’ and ‘z’ and ‘k’.
So thank-you, Captain Haddock for having popularized the bachi-bouzouks.
Indeed, this Turkish word which originally referred to an uncontrollable soldier of the Ottoman army, and means an idiot in popular French is one of Haddock’s favourite insults.
On this website, you can find a long list of Captain Haddock’s swearing – It is quite a fun way to learn new French quirky words.