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  •  Cheers to you as well! (9+ / 0-)

    I'm not surprised, considering how close you guys are to Quebec. There is likely a history of french fur traders like there is in northern MN (i.e. Grand Marais, MN). However, more of us in MN speak Norwegian, Swedish or German rather than French.

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” - Anais Nin

    by legendmn on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:20:13 AM PDT

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    •  Well, look who settled MN. (10+ / 0-)

      It's not just Quebec, but also New Brunswick. Both LePage and Michaud have French as their first language, though LePage had to take his college entrance exams in French because his English was too poor. It remains so, though he speaks it with a pronounced working-class Maine accent.

      Less so than it used to be, French remains important in Maine. In fact, in many other parts of the country packaging on commercial products (like in the grocery store) is in English and Spanish, in Maine, it's in English and French. There's not a food product or ziplock bag carton in my kitchen that is not labeled in French as well as English.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:24:13 AM PDT

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      •  I gotta start buyin' my stuff in ME. Make those (5+ / 0-)
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        years of suffering through French lab (which wasn't nearly as exciting as it sounded) pay off!

        We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

        by The Marti on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:41:38 AM PDT

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      •  I keep forgetting about that. (2+ / 0-)
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        LePage had to take his college entrance exams in French because his English was too poor.
        Every Saturday morning at 5:50 I wonder why LePetomaine delivers his weekly radio address the way he does (e.g. consistently pronouncing the article "a" as a long a, as opposed to "uh").  

        He doesn't do that when he is speaking off-the-cuff (e.g. "Obama hates white people"), only when he is reading a prepared statement.  It's like he's still at a grammar school level.

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