Minute papillon

Minute papillon, literally “Minute, butterfly”, means “slowly” or “hold your horses”. The expression dates back to the 20th century. However, its origin is not very clear. 

It might be a reference to the butterflies that flit from flower to flower but never stop for a very long time. 

But, according to another story, the expression would be related to a Parisian café popular with journalists. There was a waiter called Papillon. He used to answer “Minute, j’arrive” when too many people were calling him at the same time. And apparently, when customers – and the journalists who spread the story – wanted to tell him to take his time, they would say “Minute, Papillon

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