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I don't know that it's that meaningful. for a long time the  english nobility were basically French, and the english language does grab terms from anywhere and adds them to the mix. Noblesse oblige is unusual, in that it isn't just assumed to be English and has kept its french identity.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 08:57:23 PM EST
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