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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

Post by Witness » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:48 am

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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:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:42 am
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.
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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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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