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(Sun News Network)   Quebec's language minister calls for moderation after language police targeted an Italian restaurant for having the word 'pasta' on the menu   (sunnewsnetwork.ca) divider line 141
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2013-02-24 07:16:59 PM

clane: liberals are not real big on free speech
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I know, right? This is clearly Obama's fault
 
2013-02-24 07:17:42 PM
Ever wonder why so many Quebecers end up in Florida?
 
2013-02-24 07:26:05 PM

DownDaRiver: quatchi: DownDaRiver: Ya, thanks for babbling on about PFK as if everyone every where would know. (but you knew they wouldn't)
Just sitting waiting to be asked.

[englishmotherfarker]

Uh, ya gotta little poutine gravy on your shirt there buddy


The non sequitar club meets on Mondays, not Sundays, dumbass.
 
2013-02-24 07:27:36 PM

give me doughnuts: Next fib you'll be telling is that no-one in Canada ever says "eh."


I've met more Americans who say "aboot" than Canadians.

And of course we say "eh".

We don't wanna sound like dumb yanks, huh?
 
2013-02-24 07:30:25 PM

Bastard Toadflax: bunner: I hear they speak French in France and it's working out without a ministry.

Where did you hear that? France does have a ministry of culture that regulates the language. They're nororiously dickish about it.

Link


I see.  So the problem is French people, not Canada.  Thanks for the info.
 
2013-02-24 07:33:42 PM

quatchi: It either exists on it's own steam or it dies.


Can extra apostrophes die? I mandate it.
 
2013-02-24 07:34:03 PM

ciberido: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: The language inspector, hard at work.

Old and busted:


New hotness:


Both funny movies
 
2013-02-24 07:35:14 PM
Wow, the Québécois  must be really pissed off that the incident isn't being called pastaporte.
 
2013-02-24 07:35:29 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: quatchi: It either exists on it's own steam or it dies.

Can extra apostrophes die? I mandate it.


[bobtheangryflower]

My bad.
 
2013-02-24 07:59:57 PM

quatchi: DownDaRiver: quatchi: DownDaRiver: Ya, thanks for babbling on about PFK as if everyone every where would know. (but you knew they wouldn't)
Just sitting waiting to be asked.

[englishmotherfarker]

Uh, ya gotta little poutine gravy on your shirt there buddy

The non sequitar club meets on Mondays, not Sundays, dumbass.


Hey, just because you're pissed that your sister is really into chinesse fisherman, don't take it out on my family.
We just don't happen to care where a person comes from or what they do for a living. As long as they are nice and they care about animals that's all that matters to us.

And looks like you also maybe have some cheese curds from that poutine on your pants. Oh, that's not curds is it? Damn man, that's just gross!
 
2013-02-24 08:08:04 PM

Amish Animal Scientist: ZAZ: What is the Québécois word for pasta?

Le Pasta :P


Non, non, non!
Le Pasta

The language police also carry calipers with them to ensure that the French lettering on bilingual signs is larger than the English.
You really can't make this sh*t up.
 
2013-02-24 08:17:16 PM
DownDaRiver:  *derp redacted*

Okay, I get it. You're drunk.
 
pc
2013-02-24 08:35:48 PM
Sorry, Frau Marois, but you quebequers don't speak french. Even your movies need subtitles in France
 
2013-02-24 08:38:27 PM

quatchi: DownDaRiver:  *derp redacted*

Okay, I get it. You're drunk.


No, I'm not
But that made me laugh
So I'll stop
 
2013-02-24 09:01:29 PM
When you do business with Quebec, get ready for plenty of useless, absurd, petulant, and potentially costly language requirements to be legally inserted into your posterior.  And yes, you will be the one paying to get Quebec compliant.
 
2013-02-24 09:04:09 PM
There's no butthurt quite like French butthurt.
 
2013-02-24 09:22:18 PM
Does that mean I have to change my user name to "Panda Frit Kentucky"?
 
2013-02-24 09:30:31 PM

satanorsanta: Mister Peejay: Paris1127: I think Canadian English is closer to American than British, but maybe that's just the way you talk. When I was in Australia, people would hear me speak and ask "are you Canadian?"

I... can't hear the so-called "Candian accent".  Every Canadian I've met sounded accentless.

Any time I meet someone who has the "Canadian accent", it's because they're from Minnesota.

/although, stand in subzero temps for eight hours, you get the accent too

A Taiwanese Canadian that I work with in Boston claimed that no one in Canada says aboot instead of about.  I told him that he was just too used to it to notice.  I have heard it while camping in Ontario so it must be real.  But Canadian is much more like American than British or Australian


It's more like abowt (long on the ow) than aboot. I spent 5 years in California and usually most Americans would ask where I was from in about 20 minutes.
Quebec Culture = American movies with French overdub (and more boobies)
 
2013-02-24 09:46:12 PM
Everytime I hear someone speaking French I want to hand them a hankie and tell them to blow their nose.
 
2013-02-24 10:12:54 PM

Paris1127: When I was in Australia, people would hear me speak and ask "are you Canadian?" I was later told this might be because they don't want to offend Canadians by calling them American. This was especially odd as Aussies really seem to love Americans and see many more of us than Canadians...


Everyone does that.  Americans don't care, but Canadians get very pissed off if you suspect they are from the US.
 
2013-02-24 10:26:37 PM
Way back in 1968 or so when I was a young lad we did a family road trip to Montreal. Dad got lost and tried to ask a traffic cop for directions, but he was all "no parley-voo." Mom, a native Belgian, leaned over and said something in French, and all of a sudden this was the most helpful English-speaking cop ever.


/nothing new here
 
2013-02-24 10:39:40 PM
Quebec and Florida should hold hands and jump off the Eiffel Tower.
 
2013-02-24 10:44:51 PM

Robo Beat: In Canada, the Québécois are surrounded by Anglophones.


Whatever language Canadian Maritimers speak, it isn't english.

/I have as much difficulty hearing through a Quebecois French accent as I do a Newfoundlander "english" accent.
 
2013-02-24 10:51:13 PM
So uh... Anglo-Canadians... why do you all put up with this shiat, again?
 
2013-02-24 11:30:18 PM
Poutine.


That is all.
 
2013-02-25 12:29:05 AM

Marine1: So uh... Anglo-Canadians... why do you all put up with this shiat, again?


Long story short?

We kicked their asses on the plains of Abraham a while back but the US was starting to get all annexy so we married in haste and are now repenting in leisure.

/It's slightly more complicated than that but that's the gist.
 
2013-02-25 12:57:47 AM
I find the authority you represent to be unjust, and abhorrent.  As an agent of such authority, I must destroy you.
 
2013-02-25 01:15:38 AM

clane: liberals are not real big on free speech
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You keep using that word... I do not think it means what you think it means.
 
2013-02-25 01:41:28 AM

karmachameleon: saintstryfe: But the Language Police are still there. They still measure signs to make sure the French is X amount bigger then the English, and such. It's really their last desperate grasp, especially after the last national where the Bloc were decimated.

Thanks for the info.  To me this all sounds rather hilarious (and pathetically insecure).


Well, it's not entirely. For several generations, being francophone was a real limit to your ability to grow, And it wasn't just your language - it was the community you were raised in. Anglophones were people with British names, raised in British way, and they were expected to be the leaders. Francophones were not expected to ever achieve. To start, it was a reasonable response. You have 50+% of your population who speaks little or no English, why should all the signs be in English? (remember, back in the 70's we weren't so connected, people could be raised like that).

I agree today it is a little out of place. But it's historical roots make it a bit more clear why it started.

And it's not without precedence either - in France, theAcadémie française controls french language use - dictating what a hamburger is called for instance. In a world where French people and English people have been feuding since 1066, mostly with France being on the sad side of things, they are a bit defensive about English language getting a foothold.

/my parents were Anglophones who left in the early 80's, just as I was born. I was actually an Anchor Baby of sorts. I can't say Rene Lesveque (the first big leader of the PQ) to them without getting nasty looks.
//I say Rene Lesveque frequently.
 
2013-02-25 01:54:17 AM

dobro: Worse is calling every scandal no matter how trivial (soandso)GATE. Is that ever going to end?


Damn you, now you've unleashed overuseofgategate.
 
2013-02-25 02:01:44 AM

Kentucky Fried Panda: Does that mean I have to change my user name to "Panda Frit Kentucky"?


C'est Ling-Ling doigt bon, or something.
 
2013-02-25 04:59:24 AM

ZAZ: What is the Québécois word for pasta?


If it's the same as French, "pâté". Or, in English, "paste", which is quite logical really, when you think about it, bearing in mind how it's made.
 
2013-02-25 08:32:49 AM

Magic_Button: ..so I don't know much about Quebec, except that it's a part of Canada, which I have always thought of as a primarily English-speaking country.  Reading this article, I'm amused that there is such a thing as a "language minister" and a "language office" or department or whatever...I mean, seriously?  When it comes to government waste, I can hardly think of anything more potentially wasteful that whatever a "language department" does.

Office of Religion ?

A federal office that has no powers

A Committee that has never met or decided anything


That federal office with no powers was put in place to stop people like Michael Bryant from getting the prosecution lawyer to claim no case pretrial since he is a party supporter.
 
2013-02-25 09:01:19 AM
The funny thing was that Rene Levesque was totally gay for America; he signed up as a US Military journalist to avoid fighting for the anglos in Canada.
 
2013-02-25 10:14:47 AM
clane:
liberals are not real big on free speech
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Mega Steve:
I know, right? This is clearly Obama's fault

clane:
whooooosh... that's the sound of my point flying over your head
 
2013-02-25 10:19:36 AM

quatchi: Marine1: So uh... Anglo-Canadians... why do you all put up with this shiat, again?

Long story short?

We kicked their asses on the plains of Abraham a while back but the US was starting to get all annexy so we married in haste and are now repenting in leisure.

/It's slightly more complicated than that but that's the gist.


So it's not just the poutine?
 
2013-02-25 10:30:47 AM
clane:
liberals are not real big on free speech


Kahabut:
You keep using that word... I do not think it means what you think it means.

clane:
I understand it's confusing for you but nothing Liberal Democrats do make much sense to begin with.

Liberal Democrat 1. A person who has sold out their beliefs in the desperate persuit of political power. A barefaced, shameless liar.
 
2013-02-25 01:22:58 PM
In other news, some Americans want "English only" laws passed.
 
2013-02-25 02:04:12 PM
The sad part for the PQ types is that they need to look at a map of the Western Hemisphere to see the future, and it isn't 'en francaise' so much as 'espanol'.

Areas of predominantly French-like language:
Quebec
New Brunswick (1/2)
the Ottawa 'capital' region
Haiti
French Suriname

English
Most of the rest of Canada
Most of the USA
English Caribbean, Belize, Guyana

Spanish
becoming big in the southern USA
Puerto Rico, Dominican Repubilc, Cuba
Mexico, Guatamala, Hondouras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Boliva, Uraguay, Argentina, Venezula, Ecuador

And Brazil with Portugeuse.
 
2013-02-26 01:37:25 AM

Wolf892: Bug2k: Montrealers such as myself are largely sick of these laws, including most of my francophone friends.

And yet the people who keep making them continue to get voted in...so someone must be loving this shiat...


You forget that there's more to Quebec than just Montreal.
 
2013-02-26 06:14:29 PM

Mister Peejay: I... can't hear the so-called "Candian accent". Every Canadian I've met sounded accentless.

Any time I meet someone who has the "Canadian accent", it's because they're from Minnesota.

/although, stand in subzero temps for eight hours, you get the accent too


Ive been picked out not just as a Canadian but a guy from north dakota specifically picked us up as being Alberta or Saskatchewan residents.

We have really strong accents the more rural and farther out you go. Adam Beech (Actor) has a strong native accent and i know allot of people who sound exactly like him... People in the centres around vancouver or toronto have very softened accents (torontonians i think have a bit of a 'droopy dog' inflection) But if you go somewhere like Regina or Fredericton you will hear it.

Also i find it really comes out the drunker we get. Get us drunk if you really want to hear it.
 
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