Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Today's French

Gueuse: Whore.

I had to look this up today because I was reading a book about the French extreme right under the July Monarchy and they apparently took to calling Marienne, the symbol of liberty and the republic, a "gueuse". I guess this is because they were mostly monarchists, but it still strikes me as a strange gesture. Courir la gueuse means to whore around.

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