Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jan 2 15:06:30 UTC 2014

At 1/2/2014 07:40 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>On Jan 2, 2014, at 2:06 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> > "It is the trademark of the hugely controversial French comedian Dieudonne
> > M'Bala M'Bala, who once said he would like to put a quenelle - a
> > rugby-ball-shaped serving of fish or meat paste - up the backside of
> > Zionists."
> >
> > Aren't I sorry I asked?
>That was me (above).  FWIW, I've never seen a quenelle that was the
>shape of a rugby ball.  They (the quenelles de veau/poisson I've
>seen) are usually cylindrical.  Not that that would make this less insulting.

The iconic image of a quenelle -- meaning, of course, that found in
Wikipedia under "Quenelle" -- looks like a rugby* ball.  There they
have pointy ends, rather than ends cut perpendicularly to the axis,
and a larger diameter at the center.  Google Images exhibits a number
having a similar shape.  Depends on the kitchen's quenelle
conformateur, I suppose.

*On the eastern side of the Atlantic.  On the western, they look like


> >
> >
> > Yesterday, one of my French Facebook-friends noted that Dieudonne had hit
> > on her to be his FB-friend. She was bent *totally* out of shape, really
> > disgusted, than this anti-Semitic/anti-Semetic asshole - or French words to
> > that effect - had the gall to hit on her.
> >
> > She uses the name, "Durand Lella" and is a ethnic-Gascon (and Jewish?) rock
> > DJ).
> >
> > Thanks for the background. I had no idea what she was talking about.
> >
> > One Of my high-school teachers was surnamed "Quesnelle" [k@'nEl]. Another
> > Jesuit, named "Connell," used the same pronunciation as that of his name.
> > It made for confusion. I have no idea whether there's more than a trivial
> > connection between that and "quenelle."
> >
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