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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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budget

budget

  bulga – from Dictionnaire illustré latin-français (1934), by Félix Gaffiot       MEANING   The following definition of budget is from the New English Dictionary (i.e. Oxford English Dictionary – 1888 edition): A statement of the probable revenue and expenditure for the ensuing year, with financial proposals founded thereon, annually submitted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on behalf of the Ministry, […]

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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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