The pigeons appeared in the fall. They swarmed Twitter and Facebook. They had their own hashtag, "#geonpi," which was "pigeon" rendered in verlan, the French slang that splits a word in half and inverts the parts. "Pigeon" connoted a sucker or a chump.
This is but one of a thousand mind-boggling details in this New Yorker story about Gerard Depardieu versus French tax reform, but my fellow Americans, we need this speaking convention. Who's with me?!