Monday, December 29, 2008

The bastard road

While looking at a check we got over the Christmas, I exposed in laugh and yelled at hubby:"Look, this bank is located on the Bastard street!"

I quickly check on the internet and found a wine shop "Nicolas Rennes Le Bastard". You can go to the link here and check out their interactive map to find out where the Bastard street is, if you are interested.

Can't believe people actually named a road with this kind of name.


  1. What's even funnier is that's the main shopping street in Rennes!

    Though to be honest, bastard in French is "batard", with a little ^ on the first "a", so bastard doesn't really have the same meaning to them as it does to us in English. And even if it did, it's not really used in the same way as it is in the US.

    But I could've sworn that street WAS called "rue du b^atard" and not "rue du bastard". You'll have to take a look when you go redeem your certificate!

    PS. I've been in that shop several times, and they are very patient with foreigners and extremely knowledgeable!

  2. Anonymous9:11 PM

    Hi Bee Ean,
    Just yesterday my husband and I were watching TV5 on cable. On one of the shows they were interviewing a gentleman named Jean-Pierre Dick. I think I'm beyond high school humor to laugh at his name but if he had gone to school in the US, his last name would have made his life hell.

  3. Ksam,

    Even though it doesn't have the same meaning, bâtard still has a bad meaning, not something to name a street, at least in my opinion. I will certainly go visit this street and see what stores are on this Bastard street!


    I thought Dick was a common first name in the USA? Isn't the current vice President is named Dick Cheney? I know of someone who has "petit" = small as his last name. Can you imagine calling someone Mr Dick Petit? Hahahaha

  4. There is a lot of French surnames that are quite hilarious actually.