un nœud, deux nœuds

by jemma margaret

I have begun taking a two week 30 hour intensive French class…well 28 since I have to go to a seminar on Friday.

But even better than learning French is learning about the French. Today the instructor explained the important signifiers of French dress. Namely social class and ties.

In French as in English there are white collar workers and there are blue (collar) workers. However, among the white collar workers there is even further differentiation. A white collar is not complete without a tie and one can “nouer une cravate” in a variety of ways. But be wary of your choice, since engineers use one knot while two knots are for bankers.

Unless it’s the other way around. I think I’ll be safe and go with three…that’s probably the norm for Americans living off of Canadian RA funding.

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