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Swearing in Québec


I love listening to a Québécois get nice and angry. I've always been fascinated by swearwords in québécois French. I learned my French in classrooms in BC, so nobody taught me how the Québécois curse... the worst I knew was "Sacrebleu!" (And I got that from "The Little Mermaid.") Granted, we did enjoy asking our teacher how to say "seal" in French.

I found this National Post article http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Pardon+this+French/5380424/story.html(external link) very interesting. Apparently, the swearwords based on Catholicism might be on their way out. The article mentions a study on swears done in the eighties by l'Office québécois de la langue française. I didn't know the "French language watchdog" took on such aspects of the language! Anyway, if you're in Nicolet, you should check out the Musée des religions du monde's current exhibit: Tabarnak! A Look at Swearing in Quebec.

And, just for fun, here's my favourite lesson on swearing in Québec:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUGW0jszPzo(external link)



To resurrect the thread, here`s an interesting article the Globe and Mail published earlier this week:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/pardon-my-f-bomb-quebecs-political-curses-get-lost-in-translation/article2189084/(external link)

 
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> Speaking of the German-speaking world (and of swearing, and of the f-word) there is this town in Austria called F**king (why wouldn't I write it here?... It's just the name of a town in Austria!). Here, if you want to visit the place http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fucking(external link),_Austria . You can also try to call the Austrian Tourism Board and have some fun, like this guy from a TV Show did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85R8O9COLqo(external link) .


If you ever come to Quebec City, don't miss the souvenir shops with their "J'm'en calice" and "Tabarnak" t-shirts. They're incredibly popular! (And you can wear them in other places in the world without people understanding what they mean.) :-D


Speaking of swearing, will we soon be seeing "Tabernak"TM??? A German company has trademarked the German equivalent of the f-word!

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,786190,00.html(external link)

I can't even wear shirt by FCUK (French Connection UK), so I won't be ordering any beverages by the name of Ficken (TM) next time I'm in Deutschland!


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