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a baker’s dozen

a baker’s dozen

    A baker’s dozen is a group of thirteen.   One of the first attestations of the expression is in John Florio’s Dictionarie of the Italian and English Tongues (1611): Serqua. A dozen, namely of eggs, or as we say a baker’s dozen, that is thirteen to the dozen. Serqua d’uuóua, the word is only used in […]

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to kidnap

    To kidnap originally meant to steal or carry off children or others in order to provide servants or labourers for the American plantations. This verb is composed of to nap (of which to nab is a variant), meaning to seize, to snatch, and the noun kid, used in a specific sense first explained […]

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The language of hatred

The language of hatred

  Anne-Sophie Leclère (right) with Marine Le Pen     The following facts are symptomatic of mounting xenophobia, racism and homophobia in France. Taboos are now being broken, and this is reflected in the language being used.   Christiane Taubira was born in 1952 in French Guiana. She is the Minister of Justice. The Front National, […]

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Secularism and religion in France

Secularism and religion in France

  As a French citizen, I’m always surprised that in Great Britain, State and Religion are linked. For example, it would be totally unthinkable in France that the Head of State also be the Head of any Church. Whilst the Queen delivers a speech on Christmas Day, the French President presents his (not yet her) […]

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