WotW: mangeur de lard

Word of the Week…en Français

Mangeur de lard /mɑ̃ʒœʀ/ /de/ /lar/

“Pork-eater.” A young, inexperienced fur trader. A novice or greenhorn. This term was used by voyageurs and coureurs du bois in reference to the beginners ‘experiencing their first hardships’ of life on the canoes. See A Glossary of Mississippi Valley French, 1673-1850, Franco Identitaire And Collins French for pronunciations of mangeur and lard.

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