Expression: Revenons à nos moutons.
Pronunciation: reu veu no(n) ah no moo to(n)
Meaning: Let's get back to the subject at hand.
Literal translation: Let's come back to our sheep
Variations: revenons-en à nos moutons, retournons à nos moutons
The French expression revenons à nos moutons, which is a common expression, is from La Farce de Maître Pathelin, a medieval play written by an unknown author. The eponymous protagonist of this 15th-century comedy deliberately misleads a judge by bringing two cases before him - one relating to sheep and the other to sheets. The judge is very confused and attempts to get back to the case about sheep by repeatedly saying mais revenons à nos moutons. Since then, (mais) revenons à nos moutons has meant "let's get back on track / back to the subject at hand/back on topic."
- Nous pouvons parler de ça demain ; pour le moment, revenons à nos moutons.
- We can talk about that tomorrow; for right now, let's get back to the subject at hand.