When I was in my teenage years I had a dress, but it was actually a pair of culottes too, so it was ideal for a girl who hated to wear dresses.
This morning on my way back from the bread shop I took note of a plaque on a wall for the umpteenth million time, and said to myself I will look up that name on the Internet. Well one lead, leads to another, and my research takes me deep into civil war and revolution. I find that many battles and skirmishes were fought right here between the Chouans and the Republicans.
The next thing I read about is how there were people called Sans culottes. The poor working classes wore long trousers pantalons!. The posh didnt wear long trousers but wore fashionable knee britches known as culottes, of course many of these chaps lost their heads in the guillotine!
Seems to me that wearing the long trousers was a lot safer than the culottes!
And so there was this term Sanculottism for the patriotic French working classes. Click on the link if you want to read more.
Blinds down on Monday, day of rest.
You can have your bread sliced for a little extra money, oh and the guillotine was last used in 1977!!! not that long ago eh!
These days if you are shopping for culottes you would be buying underwear or as the Anglais call them knickers! So sansculottes nowadays could mean no knickers.
The French word for skirmish is échauffourée.
Etymology for the word skirmish.