Archives For March 2018

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

But, by the late 14th century, standards of French in Britain were slipping – at least in some quarters. Perhaps not such a problem at home, where English had already assumed some of the roles previously performed by French. But if British merchants wanted to export wool, or import bottles of Bordeaux, knowledge of French was still a must.

It’s around this time that the “Manieres de langage” – or “Manners of Speaking” – began to appear. These model conversations, the earliest used to teach French to English speakers, were used by business teachers who taught all the necessary skills for performing basic clerical work.

Pigouiller: Fouiller avec un bâton ou une perche. M. Carbonneau, des Îles-Madeleine, me donne cette définition du mot pigouiller: On pigouille la vase avec une perche ou un bâton: Les enfants pigouillent dans les ruisseaux pour y découvrir des grenouilles ou en déloger les poissons. Au figuré pigouiller un homme, c’est le sonder, lui tirer les vers du nez.

-Le Glossaire acadien