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    Question Du coq name origins?

    Hi, since I have a bottle of Du Coq on the way, I'm curious about the origin of the name. Anyone know?
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    Default Re: Du coq name origins?

    It means "of the rooster," in French... but I have no idea why — unless it's supposed to wake you up like cockadoodledoo ("cocorico" in French). It dates from 1894, when people still heard roosters, I would imagine.
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    Yes thats it - it is meant to represent the brightness and freshness of a mediterranean garden at dawn. Hence Eau Du Coq.
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    The responses so far lack both (a) puns; and (b) sexual references.

    Please amend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    The responses so far lack both (a) puns; and (b) sexual references.

    Please amend.
    Oh please thank heavens no!

    Thanks guys for your responses, I was thinking that might be the case of hearing the rooster crowing at dawn but wasn't sure.
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    LOL! Here we go with the ostentatious masculinity/dandy stuff again, but a "coq" (in French) is indeed a rooster.

    Think "coq au vin."

    Yes, a rooster. A male who is full of himself, strutting around to challenge other males and impress the hens.

    The farmyard version of the peacock! A man puffing out his chest and calling to all the girls.

    The word "coquette" (a flirtatious woman) is the feminine of the masculine "coquet," a young rooster, or flirtatious young man-about-town; I first heard this term applied to a young man from the 1840s. In 19th century English terms, a "gamecock" was a promiscuous man.

    Failing that, picture the cartoon rooster Foghorn Leghorn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    LOL! Here we go with the ostentatious masculinity/dandy stuff again, but a "coq" (in French) is indeed a rooster.

    Failing that, picture the cartoon rooster Foghorn Leghorn!
    Cock of the walk as it were ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoGent View Post
    Cock of the walk as it were ?
    Exactly.

    Also, "coxcomb" (cock's comb) was a term for a male clotheshorse in the 16th century; they had "fops" in the 18th century; then in the 19th century, you had dandies, swells, beaux and mashers...

    All told, as a generalisation, male birds attract females with dances/displays, songs (calls) and plummage, and male mammals attract with scent. Human males can use any in combination! Getting dressed "to the nines," applying a spray of scent, singing serenade.
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    the "coq" is a national symbol in France
    I would think it has rather a politic connection

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    Someone should initiate a line of 'political' frags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by germanomio View Post
    the "coq" is a national symbol in France
    I would think it has rather a politic connection

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    Quote Originally Posted by germanomio View Post
    the "coq" is a national symbol in France
    I would think it has rather a politic connection
    Good point...just like the Russian bear (old Imperial Russia) and the English lion...

    You can see the rooster on French postage stamps.
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    Default Re: Du coq name origins?

    Yes, the cock is one symbol of France, perhaps because the French Revolution was the wake-up cry for the rest of Europe to limit monarchy and aristocracy's grasp on power.

    It also recalls Larousse's motto: "Je sème à tout vent." [I sow to every wind.] France as the inspiration of the world. A touch of jingoism there?

    I checked my Cassell's, and the fourth definition under coq was "(fig.) vigorous or combative man." It may be that this image of a man is not necessarily sexual, but definitely rough and ready. That's an image that might appeal to a male ego, even in 1894...
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