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Old 01 October 2008, 06:24 AM
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UEL UEL is offline
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Location: Fredericton, Canada
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In Quebec, I was told I was using a thousand dollar word (mot de milles dollars) when I called a bunch of troublesome teens «les mécréants».

I invented my own likely source of the expression years before ($10 word, that is) as being "the cost of a fine that you would pay in court for saying a word that made the judge feel that you were talking down to him or her."

Absolutely no basis in truth, but it fit my world.
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