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12.05.2006

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!

4 Comments:

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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