File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 129

Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 15:24:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re:  [Puptcrit] Break A String, break a neck


With a little googling I was able to find that Cambrone, (or "Cambronne"), was supposedly one of
Napoleon's generals at the battle of Waterloo. When asked to surrender to the English, Cambrone is
said to have replied, "Merde!" (This was made famous by Victor Hugo in "Les MisÚrables"...)

When I lived in France I never knew anyone genteel enough to bother using that particular
euphemism. The only substitute word I ever heard for "merde" was "mercredi," (kind of like us
saying "shucks" in English).


Ron Glasgow
Cumming GA

> > From: Mathieu RenÚ <>
> To: <>
> Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 20:55:43 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Break A String, break a neck
> In French, for the same reasons, we are supposed to say: "Merde", which is 
> common slang for feces.
> There is another term for those who don't want to pronounce that semi-foul 
> word, whichis now so common it is hardly considered rude.
> You can say that you wish them the word of Cambrone "Je te souhaite le mot 
> de cambrone".
> I'm told that Cambrone word refers to the afforementionned body byproduct, 
> although I do not know anything more about  a Cambrone and who or what it 
> is.

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