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Can Quebec’s Church-based curse words survive in a secular age?The social changes resulting from the desertion of Quebec church pews have been widely documented: smaller families, fewer marriages, a reformed education system, to name a few. The fate of religious buildings rendered obsolete has generated considerable angst.But what, en criss, is going to happen to the province’s preferred swear words?When francophone Quebecers whack a thumb with a hammer or get cut off in traffic, the curses that spew forth are overwhelmingly drawn from objects found in the Catholic Church: ostie, tabarnak, ciboire, câlice, criss! But a new book by a Montreal theology professor and an exhibition at a religion museum raise the question, how long can the distinctively Québécois swear words survive in a secular age?

nationalpost:

Can Quebec’s Church-based curse words survive in a secular age?
The social changes resulting from the desertion of Quebec church pews have been widely documented: smaller families, fewer marriages, a reformed education system, to name a few. The fate of religious buildings rendered obsolete has generated considerable angst.

But what, en criss, is going to happen to the province’s preferred swear words?

When francophone Quebecers whack a thumb with a hammer or get cut off in traffic, the curses that spew forth are overwhelmingly drawn from objects found in the Catholic Church: ostie, tabarnak, ciboire, câlice, criss! But a new book by a Montreal theology professor and an exhibition at a religion museum raise the question, how long can the distinctively Québécois swear words survive in a secular age?

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  1. strikingthirteen reblogged this from brilligspoons and added:
    True facts. When I swear in French it is one of these words (on the rare opportunities that I am speaking French and...
  2. interrobangampersand reblogged this from professorbutterscotch and added:
    this is super interesting. I agree with the above, that the secularization of Quebec probably wont have any noticeable...
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  6. biolumo reblogged this from lettersfromtheattic and added:
    Interesting!
  7. dazzledfirestar reblogged this from lettersfromtheattic and added:
    Let me put it this way… God, damn it. Yup, I think they’ll last.
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  10. lamerveilleuse reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    For a very long time, I hope. Those words are some of my favourite parts of Quebec culture.
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  12. professorbutterscotch reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    I think a lot of swear words have been removed from their origins - using one of these words doesn’t necessitate being...
  13. from-themountain reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    Seriously, this is such a useful article! I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked to explain Quebecois swear...
  14. caleigh-rose reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    Noooooo calice is my favourite!!
  15. shaelikestaquitos reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    People still say these...it no longer has...secular name…...
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  18. timholtorf reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    Tant qu’ils ont besoin d’! Tabarnak!
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