Saturday, December 31, 2005


On Faith and Swearing

I recommend Roger Kuin's blog, where you can find a nice quotation on faith and a fascinating piece on swearing in Québec. Swearing often presupposes religious faith, as Kuin points out.

One of the very first French words I learned, from my French-Canadian grandmother, was maudit (damn). It's a short word, but Mémère somehow made it very long, drawing it out as if it had many more than two syllables.

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