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They certainly look as if they come from a country that likes its men intellectual and sulky... "to sink it has come to zees - shawing close in a weendow!"
I'm glad you asked that question Carl not me.I'd probably get a complaint laid against me by some twit and get hauled in front of the nearest Human Rights Commission to explain myself.The chap in the other comment would get a rough ride also for poking fun at Quebec accents.Legal problems no matter how amusing for some cost those dealing with the commissions serious legal costs.
cj,We were in Montreal to meet up with my wife's cousin, who is from the south of France, though currently living in Geneva. She was constantly talking up a storm with everyone, but confided to us that she found their French quite difficult to understand. She also mentioned that, back in France, north and south always pretend to be contentious in social situations, though it's almost entirely done in a lighthearted, joking, manner. But in conversations she had or overheard, she sensed a strong and very real--not joshing--version of this us-and-them, our-side-is-better contentiousness.These "commissions" sound like no fun at all.
Carl, is this concurrence, this mutual (hidden, disguised as mocking) contempt unusual in the U.S.? My superficial, read/view only knowledge would say similar things about east and west coast, north and south...In Germany it is common, too: it started between north and south, after the reunion we have it between east and west. It's rarely outspoken but (according to my experience) quite active, albeit not evenly distributed.
Markus, sure, rivalries between states and regions abound in the US. Sometimes they revolve around sports teams, and of course while it usually stays under control, rival sports fans can and do get into fights and even riots.
Carl, with sports fans you always risk to "leave the democratic sector"!
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