Wednesday, August 13, 2008

* Once the area that is now France had two languages. Both of the languages were called the language of yes. With different yeses.

Langue d'oil was the language that became French as now spoken. It's word for yes was "oil" which became "oui." It was spoken in what is now the northern part of France.

Langue d'oc was spoken in parts of the south. Oc meant yes.

Languedoc was for a long time the name of a province of France, and parts of the south of France are still referred to as languedoc.

From here, it looks like the French people are better than some at saying yes to the ongoing details of every day life--always excellent food, always high-quality talk, always time to be at the cafe and see the world and say good words, like yes.