Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why French say..." tout le saint-frusquin " ?

To avoid long lists, the French language is full of phrases such as "tout le saint-frusquin" ( " all the holy frusquin"), used to conclude a
inventory of various things, like the Latin phrase "etcetera." In the slang of the XVIIth  century, the term
frusquin designated  clothes worn by the most modest. This term has given rise to the particular word "frusque" which described the clothes cheap. When talking about the whole frusquin of a person (usually poor), it thus referred to everything she had. The "saint" was added a century later, in reference to St. Crispin, the saint patron  of tailors and shoemakers, who never went anywhere without having all his tools with him.

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