What is the appropriate VERBAL response to the phrase en garde?
pull out your weapon and get ready to defend yourself
It is a French phrase which means the forerunner. As an army advances, the units in the front are called the vanguard. However, units which have scouted ahead of the vanguard are called the "avant-garde" from the French word "avant" which means "before". Thus the vanguard is at the cutting edge of fashion, artistic expression or technology. But the avant-garde is ahead of the vanguard. They are doing the things which have not come into…
"On guard! Touched!" is a literal English equivalent of the French phrase En garde! Touché! The phrases most famously reference a fencing scenario in which one fencer warns the other to beware and then realizes physical contact through a fencing move. The pronunciation will be "aw gard too-shey" in French.