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madre dio!

This is a fascinating piece on the different meanings of words that are sacred in one place and profane in another. Those crazy Quebecois!


Anonymous Sister said...

Was this one for me? Thanks, it's fantastic!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006 5:18:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Yes, I thought you might like! Love you!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006 8:23:00 PM

Anonymous kirstin said...

That is really interesting! I wrote a paper at Penn about insults, but I didn't read anything about that type of cursing while I was doing research for it.

This really isn't the same thing, but I met a girl from France while I was in England once who told me that when someone sneezes once you say "Jesus" (instead of "bless you"), when they sneeze a second time you say "Mary", when they sneeze a third time you say "Joseph", and when they sneeze more than that you say "Oh, just die already". I thought that was funny and random.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 10:40:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Kirstin, that's cool. You and my sister should really meet, being as you're both language-nerds! :)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:08:00 AM


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