50778Re: [hockhist] Lexicon/Sweaters
- Dec 2, 2006
> On the other hand French people make up a very small portion of theYes, that is exactly my point. It is far easier to retain linguistic
> population of North America, but they cling to things uniquely their
traditions when you are an isolated group. Quebecers are not bombarded
with TV from France, but all Canadians are inundated with American media
of every kind on an hourly basis. I am not saying that this is a bad
thing, it is just the way it is. But small groups who have a strong
cultural identity certainly have the ability to protect their language
more. My in-laws are are Norwegian, and they do a very good job of
protecting their language despite receiving Swedish, German, and English
TV, music, and films by the truckload. But again there are only five
million of them and no one else in the world speaks Norwegian except for
Norwegians. Not so with the United States and Canada in terms of English.
A guy named Joseph is never going to called Joe, or Rocket Richard was
> never Moe to anyone. Robert does n;t become Bob in French.I suppose we know very different people then. I play on a soccer team
that features two Anglos (one being me), an Englishman, and fifteen French
Quebecers, some of whom do not speak English. Robert is most certainly
called Bob by everyone, and Mathieu is Matt. A former student of mine was
a Jonathan (French pronunciation). The Anglos all called him Jon, but
among is Francophone friends he is Jo. So much so that I asked them once
who this Joe guy was, thinking it was short for Joseph. They told me it
was common for French Jonathans to be called Jo.
> I don't for a minute doubt that Hat Trick was used in crickett beforeInteresting, I would love to know more.
> hockey, but I have read why the Habadasher in question made the
> promotion, and it had nothing to do with crickett.
Dr John Serrati
Assistant Prof. of Classics and History
John Abbott College
21,275 Lakeshore Road
(514) 457-6610 ext. 5992
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