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Monday, September 28, 2009

Seen In San Francisco: Car Gets Panties In a Bunch

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Qu'est-ce que c'est? - JOE ESKENAZI
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  • Qu'est-ce que c'est?
This classic old Citroën deux chevaux induced us to walk across Haight and whip out the camera. And that was before we even saw the license plates.

Culottes, literally, are knee-breeches of the sort worn by the well-to-do in Europe up to the 19th century. That's why working-class revolutionaries of the 18th century were known as sans-culottes. ("without breeches"). Of course, in the parlance of our times, the term sans-culottes is unintentionally hilarious, as culottes now refer to "ladies underwear," just as "knickers" does in all English-speaking places but this continent. 

Does that mean if someone ran off with these humorous license plates, the old Citroën would be a sans-culottes?

Je pense que oui.


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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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