Mar 5Liked by Hannah Meltzer

Language and local dialect is both a source of tribal pride and another way to enforce a caste system, in-country. What irony that the French flock to McDo! Now Popeyes!! The biscuits may usurp the baguettes! Hannah it took me until last week, somehow, before I realized the illustrations were your drawings. Your talents are both enviable and wonderful.

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Darling Hannah!

I remember back in the 1980 s when the very idea of fast food or eating in the streets with ones hands would make any self respecting French person spit in your eye with horror!

How times change and the creeping finger of global American ways has now touched Paris with the wonderfully named ". Mac do"

A bit like our own " Maccy D" I guess. Language is so interesting isnt it? I am a snobby purest and agree with the resplendant fearless Miryam Margoyles that speaking ones own language correctly is where one should begin. She loaathes the way youngsters say " like " totally out of context , for example " He said, like, I'm off to buy a Mc. Do" and on the way, like I will call in and buy, like a phone charger" I once saw her telling Fifty Cent off roundly for using " like"and " you know what I mean " he laughed uproarously and really tried to get through a sentance without peppering it with likes and no what I means!

Times change and with it dialect and the very words we use. However, up here in my Scottish home , the original Gaelic Scottish language was in danger of dissapearing all together and so now it is on all road signs.It is taught in schools and one can hear it spoken in pubs and out and about everywhere.

So hope you and Biko and Babs will be around when I pop over with Kate later in the month.

If not, Im back in June.

Lots of love and thanks for your excellent Pen Pal xx

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Mar 6Liked by Hannah Meltzer

Fascinating! Having grown up just across the channel, I'm a little embarassed at my seeming lack of education around Europe and its history, particularly surrounding Celts and Bretons.

I find Occitan to be a lovely word. It's sort of fantastical sounding to me.

I'm not really one for soft drinks, but now I'm curious to know what Breizh cola tastes like. If I'm ever over that way, I'll be sure to purchase a bottle.

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