In French, sacrebleu or sacredieu
is always written as one word without accent, the 'e' in the middle
being pronounced like a faint and short 'eu' . In English, the phrase is often
written with two words
: sacre bleu.
present in modern french-language dictionaries, the phrase is not in use in everyday conversation at all anymore.
It is often
considered in the English-speaking world
as a quintessential
French phrase, even though
it is not Written with two words
(sacre bleu!), it has been popularized by Agatha Christie's Belgian hero
Hercule Poirot. The word is also occasionally used
by French people depicted in American cartoons. In the popular
old comic book, Blackhawk, the phrase is Andre the Frenchman's favorite
Sacrebleu is also used
in several recent Disney movies depicting French characters, including The Aristocats, The Little
Mermaid (1989 film) and Beauty and the Beast.