Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jertta's right

They do have a lot of very funny classifications here.

Bobos - is actually short for bourgeois-bohème, which is kind of like being a rich bohemian. People from well-off families deciding to live a little bit like hippies. But well-dressed hippies.

Plouc - is, gosh, I don't even know how to translate that. Low class? But that sounds so unimaginative, and plouc, as a label, is the opposite.

Vieille France - Well, for women, it would mean a lot of wool, headbands, plaid skirts, sensible low-heeled skirts, and a cross necklace. For the men, cords, an adult modification of the bowl haircut, oxford cloth button down shirts - even on the weekends.

Gauche caviar - Left-wing politically oriented people but with lots of cash. So they talk a lot about the whole solidarity thing with their hired help.

Fin de - no, I'd better stop here. I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea about France or me.

Obviously, these are generalisations and we don't judge people and we love them all and they're all beautiful and blah blah blah blah....

Please, no hate comments from any members of any groups who might be described by the politically very incorrect labels listed above. You're all wonderful people.


Samantha said...

How about "hick" for plouc? Or "redneck"? Or "country bumpkin"?

beth said...

This makes me wonder what classification I fit into.

Jertta said...

What is great, is that everyone can fit into several classifications!!! And they are not negative in Frnech minds, I think.

I love bobos, but there are not so many of them outside Paris... Not easy to try to be a bobo in small towns ;-)!

Lorraine said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Do I know some gauche caviar. I am lovin' me that label...

Nicole said...

Samantha - I like hick for plouc except that there are plenty in cities too.

Beth - these work better in France and honestly, you don't fit into any of these.

Jertta - Very true.

Lorraine - Yeah, Seattle's full of them.