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Old 02-14-2015, 02:35 PM
 
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This makes me sad to hear. What will make you stay in Québec?
Bit too much water under the bridge at this point but an acceptance of Quebecs Anglo culture as an equally relevant part of the Quebec mosaic might have gone a long way to avert the Anglo exodus from Quebec.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Actually as I said it seems quite likely to me that "mon doux" is actually a minced oath, that is, a variant of an offensive expression (in this case "mon Dieu") that's intended to remove the offensive character. It's like English speakers saying "drat" or "darn" instead of "damn".

However it seems "mon doux" is an expression on its way out, I certainly don't hear young people say that. I can suggest some reasons for this: first, "mon Dieu" isn't at all offensive today, so there is no need to mince it, and second, "mon doux" seems to me like it would have been a particularly "feminine" swear word, used mostly by women. But women today don't really use these words anymore, they've adopted the formerly "masculine" swears as they gained greater equality to men.
I had missed that bit. I agree ''mon roux'' is slowly dying out.

But people in Quebec don't say it because they incapable (or too lazy to) of saying ''mon dieu'' correctly.
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Canada
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That's your opinion I guess. I lived for 25 years in eastern Canada (outside Quebec) and when we spoke French to a stranger who did not speak the language the reaction of the majority of them wasn't usually "charmed".

I can be in Ottawa in 10 minutes if I want and if I walk around and speak French to everyone I bump into most of the time I won't be getting a "charmed" reaction I can assure you.

People aren't super odious or hostile it's true, but "charmed" and even "very polite" and "eager to test their high school French" aren't the dominant reception we get.
I would say that you are getting the same treatment tossed back at you that Anglos encounter in Quebec.

What ever happened to freedom of speech in ALL of Canada? Why should Quebec have its own "special language" laws? People are angry about this and how can you feel like being charming and polite when things are not even and fair?

I strongly oppose double standards for anything in life. (LAWS INCLUDED) One for all and all for one.
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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I would say that you are getting the same treatment tossed back at you that Anglos encounter in Quebec.

What ever happened to freedom of speech in ALL of Canada? Why should Quebec have its own "special language" laws? People are angry about this and how can you feel like being charming and polite when things are not even and fair?

I strongly oppose double standards for anything in life. (LAWS INCLUDED) One for all and all for one.
"Freedom of speech" is an American value, not a Canadian one. It has no special place in Canada. More important are the values of order and good government. The Canadian federal government supports Quebec's actions and they comply with Canadian values. If there is a small but vocal minority who takes issue with this, they are free to leave at any time.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I would say that you are getting the same treatment tossed back at you that Anglos encounter in Quebec.

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That's not even close to being true.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I had missed that bit. I agree ''mon roux'' is slowly dying out.

But people in Quebec don't say it because they incapable (or too lazy to) of saying ''mon dieu'' correctly.
Should read "mon doux" instead of "mon roux"...
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:37 AM
 
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Should read "mon doux" instead of "mon roux"...
Ha! I had wondered about that.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Ha! I had wondered about that.
Nice. This confirms people pay attention to what I write!

Yeah, "mon roux" would roughly translate to "my redheaded boy/man".
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Old 02-16-2015, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Canada
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That's not even close to being true.
Sure, but come on Acajack. Quebec isnt exactly utopia for English speakers. Quebec undoubtedly favours pur laine Quebecois over other groups. Its not Hitler's Germany but lets not sweep the pushing out of hundreds of thousands of anglo Canadians under the rug.
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:18 AM
 
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Nice. This confirms people pay attention to what I write!

Yeah, "mon roux" would roughly translate to "my redheaded boy/man".
Isnt roux something used in cooking?

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rouxro͞o/
noun
noun: roux; plural noun: roux
  1. a mixture of fat (especially butter) and flour used in making sauces.
    Origin
from French (beurre) roux ‘browned (butter).’

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