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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:24 am

Assigning a gender to an object is arbitrary (I vaguely remember some old joke about Latin mentula (dick) being feminine and cunnus masculine.)

In a way Froggies (or Krauts) have it easy thanks to the article which unambiguously tags the gender: le / la or un / une. It just sinks in when you learn to talk.
What clues did you native English speakers use?


It gets more hairy with things like country names:

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As you can see sometimes le / la is elided to l' (before a vowel), or it's a plural (les is used for both genders) or the country's name goes without an article. But all are (in French) either masculine or feminine:

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(I'd love to see similar maps for English!)

A dude on Quora had this strong opinion about English country names, but I'm not really convinced:

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What do you think?


And, last but not least, gender assignments are often incoherent from one language to another (even staying inside the Indo-Germanic [or Indo-European :mrgreen: ] tribe):

Le soleil / la lune, but die Sonne / der Mond.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:21 pm

"She" for a country is strictly la-dee-dah.

"They" if the country name is plural.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:50 pm

Yeah, countries don't really have genders in English, and certainly not "he".

Sometimes you might refer to a country or a ship as "she," but that's just to be poetic or "la-dee-dah" as Abdul states. Or archaic. Maybe they did that more in the past.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:44 am

Arms trafficking group busted in southern France (3 middle-aged dudes). Customs found 130 arms, 770 kg ammunition.

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https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/03/04/une ... 049633.php (French, of course.)

Did ed vacation lately? :notsure:

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Re: The France thread

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:15 am

Now that's a baguette 🥖
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Re: The France thread

Post by ed » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:40 am

Witness wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:44 am
Arms trafficking group busted in southern France (3 middle-aged dudes). Customs found 130 arms, 770 kg ammunition.

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https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/03/04/une ... 049633.php (French, of course.)

Did ed vacation lately? :notsure:
In florida that is known as "an ok start".
770kg of 5.56 nato = ~65,000 rounds. <yawn>

Europeans are so cute that they don't bear thinking about.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:13 pm

ed wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:40 am
In florida that is known as "an ok start".
770kg of 5.56 nato = ~65,000 rounds. <yawn>

Europeans are so cute that they don't bear thinking about.
Don't be too harsh, ed, they're trying: small amateurs, small means.



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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:09 am

Killer French farm chickens gang-up to kill fox that sneaked into henhouse

A fox in a henhouse got way more than it bargained for when a group of killer chickens turned the tables on their traditional foe and pecked it to death.

The henhouse was located at an agricultural school in France and the fox likely entered the coop at dusk last week and got trapped inside as hatch doors close when the sun goes down, AFP reported.

The body of the fox was discovered the following morning by students at Le Gros Chêne school in Brittany when making a routine check on the creatures.

“There, in the corner, we found this dead fox,” Pascal Daniel, the head of farming at the school, told AFP. “There was a herd instinct and they attacked him with their beaks.”
https://www.foxnews.com/world/killer-fr ... o-henhouse

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:42 am

For comparison, the real Napoleon's tomb.

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I'm not quite getting what the joke is about the rejected design.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:36 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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For comparison, the real Napoleon's tomb.
Only as an afterthought: as you read (?) the Wiki page, you know that Les Invalides host three museums, two embassies (on the "Esplanade"), fifteen courtyards, the highest church in Paris and were commissioned in 1670. Long before the little corporal's fame and fall.
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I'm not quite getting what the joke is about the rejected design.
Apart from its pompous ugliness, look at the scale. That thing is (well, would have been) monstrous.



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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:54 am

Looking again I see how big it was supposed to be.

Grant's tomb in NYC is modeled on Napoleon's, but the building is not as large.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:55 am

Fairground workers riot in French city of Le Mans

Clashes have erupted at a protest by fairground workers in the French city of Le Mans, who are demanding the right to set up stall in the town centre.

Police pushed back hundreds of demonstrators as rioters targeted the city hall, where staff were evacuated. There are reports of injuries.

Rioters pushed a burning caravan at police who fired rubber pellet grenades into the crowd, French media say.

At one point protesters occupied the city's railway station.
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Who are the fairground workers?

Known in French as forains, they travel from town to town providing street entertainment such as fairs and circuses, and are recognised as a profession, with trade union representation.

Some 35,000 families are said to be involved in the business across France.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47697439

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:25 pm

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Louis-Philippe assistant dans un salon des Tuileries à la danse d'Indiens hovas. 21 avril 1845.
Karl Girardet.
Louis-Philippe watching a Hovas [Iowa, I presume?] Indian dance in a salon of the Tuileries palace.

Part of the European tour of George Catlin's "living" museum.


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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:13 pm

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:08 am

↑ Very superficial. You can make fun of lots of True Froggyweirdness™, e. g.:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:16 am

Destruction continues:
Gilets Jaunes: 137 arrested in Paris as protesters clash with police
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(Pro tip: if you say "Gilets Jaunes" it sounds more sophisticated and worldly than "Yellow Vests". :wink:)

Meanwhile, the Faux News reports:
France's Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame

Personally I have a hard time finding any sympathy for people who use violence and destruction to get their way.
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Re: The France thread

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Re: The France thread

Post by robinson » Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:59 am

Like those damn Americans who fought the Brits for their precious "freedoms"
You never know what's going to happen, then some shit happens nobody saw coming, then later somebody says they knew it was coming, then some new shit happens nobody saw coming, rinse and repeat

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri May 03, 2019 2:24 am

Protecting this important place:

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Spoiler:
On the evening of the first round of the French presidential election, 2017, Emmanuel Macron and members of his entourage celebrated the result at La Rotonde; the move was criticized as premature and complacent, viewed as reminiscent of Nicolas Sarkozy's widely-criticized post-election celebration at Fouquet's in 2007.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_de_la_Rotonde

So it's his cafeteria?