Parlez-Vous Breton?

Most place names in Brittany are in the Breton language; the popular term plou means "parish"—this is where the French got the word plouc, meaning "hick." Other common geographical names are coat (forest), mor (sea), aber or aven (estuary), ster (river), and enez (island). Ty and ti, like the French chez, mean "at the house of." Traditional Breton folkways are an integral part of France’s cultural patrimony—and a priceless boost to tourism—so preserving the Breton language is a goal shared by many.

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