OT - need your verbal ingenuity

Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale) Philip.Belben at eon-uk.com
Wed Mar 9 12:12:30 EST 2005

Margaret asked:

> So....I'm trying to think of alternate names for Paris and France that
> will convey the message "I'm talking about France, but this is an
> alternate-world setting so it's not really France" and I'm blanking
> out. Any suggestions would be welcome.

What a splendid question!

France is hard.  Gaul is presumably out, since this seems to come from a Latin form of Celt, and I'm taking it the Scots think of _themselves_ as the Celts.  I think I'll just have to let someone else answer that one.

Paris is easier.  Isn't it Lutetia?  The French form used by Uderzo is "Lutèce".  I'd talk about "Lutece" and "Lutetian fashions", I think.

Just my half-groat's worth...


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