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Re: CHAT: sacre bleu!

From:Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 21:18
There is an interesting sample of French (rather old
fashioned) swearings in a song from Georges Brassens,
La Ronde des Jurons:

"Tous les morbleus, tous les ventrebleus
Les sacrebleus et les cornegidouilles
Ainsi, parbleu, que les jarnibleus
Et les palsambleus
Tous les cristis, les ventres saint-gris
Les par ma barbe et les noms d´une pipe
Ainsi, pardi, que les sapristis
Et les sacristis
Sans oublier les jarnicotons
Les scrogneugneus et les bigr´s et les bougr´s
Les saperlottes, les cré nom de nom
Les pestes, et pouah, diantre, fichtre et foutre
Tous les Bon Dieu
Tous les vertudieux
Tonnerr´ de Brest et saperlipopette
Ainsi, pardieu, que les jarnidieux
Et les pasquedieux"

(all 'bleu' for 'Dieu'; Jarnidieu = Je renie Dieu = I
blaspheme God; jarnicoton = Je renie Coton; I heard
that Coton was the King's confessor, who told him,
better than blaspheming God, he should rather
blaspheme Coton; cré = sacré = holy. Foutre is still
commonly used, it refers to sexual act and to sperm)

(in Quebec, there are a lot of interesting variants
little known in France, like ostie, tabarnak etc.)

--- jcowan@REUTERSHEALTH.COM wrote:
> Mark J. Reed scripsit: > > > Can someone enlighten me to the origin of this > phrase? > > What's sacred or holy about the color blue? > > It's just a euphemism for "sacre Dieu", analogous to > "darned" for "damned" > in English (though "darned" gets its specific > phonemes from "tarnal", > a variant of "Eternal"). >
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