Monday, August 10, 2009

PDP #83: Pie Nine

In the city of Montreal, not too far from Olympic Stadium, there is a street and a Metro station which are both named in honor of Pope Pius IX, the man behind the dogma of Mary's immaculate conception. Apparently this went over rather well in Montreal, and so they named all this after him.

Yet French doesn't just leave Latin be like English does. This is, remember, a language that has named the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation "Vladimir Poutine." In French, the boulevard and Metro station, and the primary bus route along the boulevard all have the same name: Pie-IX.

Though, in its defense, it is pronounced more like "piyeh neuf."

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