Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the *@&#*&^*#@#^*&^!

In French-Speaking Canada, the Sacred Is Also Profane

"Oh, tabernacle!" The man swore in French as a car splashed through a puddle, sending water onto his pants. He could never be quoted in the papers here. It is too profane.
So are other angry oaths that sound innocuous in English: chalice, host, baptism. In French-speaking Quebec, swearing sounds like an inventory being taken at a church.

Hmmm .... I'm always on the look-out for fun new creative ways to say things .... although I think this would just make me laugh! I mean, really. "Chausible you! " "Why, you ... you ... mantilla!"

Of course, coming from the girl whose favorite curses involve calling someone a poodle-brain or an elephant turd ... somehow I don't think I've got much room to comment ...


Blogger Ciaviel said...

If the next time I'm an EM I start cracking up as I go to the tabernacle, you'll know why...

12/05/2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger Dennis said...

As someone who has seen too many sci-fi movies, I tend towards the made-up swears I've heard.

For example:
frak -- "this is frakking stupid"
phrell -- "where the phrell did I put my pen?"
goram -- "Goram it! I can't believe I missed my turn!"

I'm also just as likely to say "Oh blast!" or "Confound it!"

I understand that in Spanish, the word "miercoles," which means "Wednesday," is often a euphemism for an excretory expletive which begins with the same first 4-letters. It's like swearing with "shucks" or "sugar."

12/05/2006 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You made me LOL at work--points for you and curious looks for me! :)

12/07/2006 1:39 PM  

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