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Re: CHAT: silly names

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 27, 2001, 8:04
En réponse à Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>:

> > Hm. In Hungarian the most polite way to tell someone to sod off is to > say > "go to France". This dates to when there were French troops in Hungary > after the first World War, and the commonly held belief was that their > job > was to spread Syphilis to the Hungarian population. >
Wasn't it? :) Well, as for the image of France in the rest of the world, I always have in mind the Dutch expression "de Franse weg": the French way. Things done in the French way for Dutch people are things only half-done, done in a messy way. Well, I hate to say that but they are right... Christophe.