5.07.2007

Pure laine

When I was in Toronto, I picked up the latest copy of Toronto Life and read an article about the popular columnist Jan Wong, who got into a ton of trouble for using the phrase "pure laine" in analyzing the reasons for murders in Quebec. The article is worth the read because you can learn a lot about the Canadian print media and about Quebec's politics, in addition to arrogance, fear, and hate.

I'd never heard of that phrase before, though I knew that "laine" is French for "wool." From the context I deduced that it means those who are "purely" French, and found out that it's "a politically and culturally charged phrase referring to the nationalist myth of a 'pure French race' being the original ancestors of the French-Canadians."

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