And so it continues…

I was preparing a dossier for a foreign couple planning alterations to their holiday home in France…
We were speaking in English since that was our common language…
Looking at her husband’s several names, I had no idea which was which… since they appeared in different ways on different documents…
so automatically asked her… “which is his christian name?”.
His wife chuckled and said… “he’s not a christian”… (fair enough… )
I “lapsed” into French and asked for “son prénom et son nom de famille?”

That gave her pause for thought…
but we got there in the end… and no-one was offended. :rofl: :+1:


It’s certainly not generally been used in any official context for many years. “First name” has been the preferred term for (at a guess) at least 20 years.

I’d assumed it originated with infant baptism … I don’t know, though.

Sun day, moon day, not even actual named humanoid gods :slightly_smiling_face:

Edited to add moon day is very common, lundi, lunedi, lunes, dilluns, Montag …


It was Anglo-Saxons (immigrants in smallish boats, I expect) who came up with the days of the week, not Christians.


I can’t be bothered with wondering who named the days of the week…
I just want to know… why does it always seem to be Wednesday… :rofl: :roll_eyes: :wink:
(the days are rolling into one… weeks are flying by)


I thought today was ‘Woden’s Day’ and tomorrow was ‘Thor’s Day’. Much more exciting with hammers and all that


Christmas day is a good day for all sorts of things though, Clovis was baptised (496) Charlemagne crowned Emperor of Romans (800) William the Conqueror crowned (1066) - all on Christmas day. Probably lots of other things too but you don’t necessarily learn them.


The holidays start after work on Frigge’s day :slightly_smiling_face:

I consider myself to have a Christian name because I was christened, these days it is normally forename or the like

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The area in which I live is near Carpentras, which has I am told the biggest and most beautiful Jewish Temple in France. This is the season of Hanukah, celebrated with much of the same fun and fayre as Christmas, though slightly different date.

When I was abroad, in a place where we celebrated everyone’s holidays, we called this time ‘Chrismakkah’. Of course, we also drank tooo much :partying_face:

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The synagogue is beautiful, there are all sorts of fascinating religious and sites in Languedoc and Provence. The history is enthralling, but also as so often happens, depressing as well.


This can be very interesting.

My name, Susannah, is biblical. I used to have lot’s if fun telling the story to my art students of ‘Susannah and The Elders’, with a caveat not to peek at naked ladies. The Christian name came from Shoshanna in Hebrew, meaning “lily”, which in turn came to them from Ancient Egypt and Persia.

Despite some folk not liking their given name, I have always loved mine. I think of it as multi-faith.

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It is Susan in Arabic as well. The second s is sibilant unlike the English pronunciation.

Everyone in France (and Canada) says it this way :slightly_smiling_face:. Quite Leonard Cohen :sunglasses:

Really? I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t say the second s as a z, in French. Being called ‘suce’ anything would be a cause of hilarity especially among young people.

Because it frequently happens to me. Groups of people chattering away assuming you share their point of view and, no doubt inadvertently, being exclusive. I am a very polite person so I am not going to call them out on their lack of perception, but I inwardly sigh.

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Really? I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t say the second s as a z, in French.[/quote]

Even Leonard Cohen.

Why? It reminds me of the France Gall song ( and the double meaning in it.


You got it :wink: and remember young people have dirt-track minds.


Totally stupid. Our society is based on Christian values.
Our universities are abrogating their duty to be places where open thinking as opposed to bias and no freedom of speech is encouraged.