I have always said that if I owned a bar in Quebec I would call it Quebecca.
Because my name is Becca and I come from Quebec. Aren't I clever? With jokes like these who needs Bob Saget or my father Paul Arsenault?
But I have learned tonight that if I came from Quebec in the 1600's when it was invented - my bar would have been called Kebecca - because the original 'Quebec' used to be spelled 'Kebec.' With an accent ague on the first E.
Kebec. accent ague on the first E.
|for some reason unbeknownst to me when I google 'Kebec' a picture of this dog appears|
|just looking at this shade of bescherelle green makes me cringe|
In any case, 'Kebec' was the algonquin word for 'where the river narrows,' and it was a perfect fit for the frenchman Samuel de Champlain who was the first settler here, and who obviously had a lazy streak for inventing new names. He did get a little creative however, by replacing the K with a twist of QU, to form QUEBEC.
VIVE LE NOM QUEBEC DE SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN ET SON FLEURS DE LYS!
How is that for important Nelson-challenge information?