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Re: CHAT: Gay Normand and Albion (was: RE: CHAT: the gay Canadian (was: "have a nice day")

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, March 13, 2000, 16:29
At 02:26 11/03/00 -0000, you wrote:
>> >> Wow! I like the last one :))) . > >I think you courteously desisted from correcting it to _Fantastiques_. >
Exactly :)
>> And about my origin, I'm primarily from Normandy. So I guess "Christophe >> the gay Normand" would fit. But I also live in the suburbs of Paris, and my >> origins are from Belgium to Corsica, with a lot of Normandy and a bit of >> Paris. Just choose! :) > >I do like "the Gay Normand". "the gay Norman" would be normaler, English, >but in my teenage years "Norman" was a homophobic insult (simply because >at the time there was a scandal involving a homosexual of that name). >
Never heard of it (or maybe?)... I'm not good at history anyway...
>Whether it's "The Gay Normand" or "The Gay Corsican", either way it's >probably the title of some or other Donizetti opera. >
>> > >> >--And the Gay, of Albion. >> > >> >> "la perfide Albion" Where does this expression come from already? > >God knows when the French first thought England perfidious. There has been >mutual animosity between our countries for the better part of a thousand >years, and it remains alive and well (and though I am these twenty years >past an ardent ?parisophile/?parigiophile/?lutetiophile, I confess myself >not wholly immune from participating in those less gallophiliacal sentiments >in certain respects).
I tend sometimes to have anti-English sentiments too, but not a lot (it generally involves food, or the behaviour of a former Prime Minister and Justice with a well-known dictator...). I tend to be rather Francophobe sometimes, so it makes a balance doesn't it? [BTW, given my recent antiscandinavian rant, it may be
>wondered exactly which country, if any, it is about which I have no grouches. >Answer: Holland. Also Australia & New Zealand. Possibly also Costa Rica...] >
Nice! My boy-friend is Dutch :)))
>"Albion" is a name for Britain as a geographical entity -- a land rather >than a nation. I think its etymology is unknown, though connections have been >drawn with Alp, mountain, and Alb- white.
I don't think we have such a name for France. France is the country of the Francs, even Gaulle comes from the names of the people that lived there at those times. Too bad... Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "Reality is just another point of view." homepage : (ou :