January 22, 2004

*Ask Jen: Huh? Edition

Normally I am loathe to harvest questions out of the comments, but "Jackle" left the following: "I really like your site!*) Could you maybe tell me a little about France's Government. And i really like this one guy in my computer class,and if he keeps on messing with your mouse & one time he said I'm gonna get high. I'm gonna get high with Jackle? Please post it on your web site:*( P.S. Jacklw is a pretend name! Thanks"

This site will give you basic information on the French government.

As for the rest of your comment, I'm not sure there was an actual question. I think Pete does the Love/Relationship-type questions anyway. My only advice is Just Say No to Drugs, and say the same thing to boys. (Or at least use condoms.)

I want to re-visit one question Pete answered last week. Jim asked about the phrase "coon's age".

A lot of people assume anything with the word "coon" has racial connotations. The term originally referred to a white person from the country, but it did eventually evolve into a derogatory term for a black person. (It also was the American Whig Party's nickname, since the raccoon was their mascot.)

"Coon's age" predates the racial slur. It most likely was an alteration to the phrase "crow's age".

Do you have a question for me? You can e-mail it. If I know the answer, I'll answer it. If I don't, I might make something up.

Posted by Jennifer at January 22, 2004 09:55 AM


Hey, I resemble that remark! However no matter how I squint I can't find the question in the comment. And when did I get promoted to being the Dr. Ruth Weisheimer of the blog?

Posted by: Pete at January 22, 2004 07:46 PM

Some of the Cajuns I've met take great pride in the Coon-Ass nickname.

Where did that one originate?

Posted by: DaveH at January 23, 2004 10:29 AM