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From Prairial to Pop Culture. Day Twenty-two. Word!

Slang terms and popular idioms are endlessly fascinating. Just think of the street smarts of the US, expressions like “Who dat?” and especially, “Word dat” (heard punctuating dialogue in the soulful New Orleans-based show, … 186 more words

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From Prairial to Pop Culture: Day Nineteen. Anger Management

The Occupy Wall Street movement was called Les Indignés in France. What revolutionary-era group shared a similarly exasperated name?
1. Les Fâchés
2. Les Colériques
3. Les Enragés
4. Les Furieux

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RPS: New Label, Same Product

In a desperate attempt to appropriate the term “republican,” which has been under siege by the increasing presence of the fart-right National Front and a Parti Socialist that’s grasping at anything to maintain a positive image, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has launched a campaign to rebrand his ailing UMP party. 342 more words


From Prairial to Pop Culture. Day Sixteen: Who declared that happiness was a "new idea" in Europe in 1794?

In March 1794, when he was just 26 years old, this deputy gave hope to the working man by declaring: “Le bonheur est une idée neuve en Europe” . 59 more words

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Solidarity with our Kurdish Sisters and Brothers and all Democrats Fighting the Islamic State/ISIS!

Solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers Fighting the Islamist Murderers .

Latest attacks:


1530 Ministry of Health confirms 28 dead and 39 injured. Nationalities involved are French, German, Russian, Belgian and British.

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From Prairial to Pop Culture. Day Fourteen. Did class consciousness exist before 1789? Yes, thanks to a woman writer

In 1789, Abbé Emmanuel Sieyès became famous for articulating the essential problem plaguing the so-called “Third Estate” in 1789, that is, their lack of a political identity. 294 more words

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