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    cai, Railfan

    Bad beef.

    (Trying to figure out how their ancestors got saddled with that as a surname...interesting.)

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 06:06:42 PM PDT

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    •  I thought bad was mauvais. (1+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love

      Anyway, yeah, last names starting with Mal- always make me think "Disney villain."

    •  Well, my guess is... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that "the evidence doesn't amount to much."

      Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Say no more!

    •  "boeuf" is steer or ox as well as culinary beef (3+ / 0-)
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      Debby, Champurrado, Empower Ink

      mal has lots of meanings, but "bad" isn't one of them. That would be mauvais.

      As an adjective, mal generally means "wrong," but in the moral sense, not "wrong" as in the incorrect one. My Larousse dictionary also lists other adjective meanings as:

       -  an informal shortening of malade, or illness,

       - pas mal, which means "not bad" (but that's not what their name is),

       - and colloquially, "crazy" or "mad."

      So un mal boeuf would likely be "sick steer," or "mad ox."

      Strangely enough, boeuf is also a colloquialism for a jam session, so maybe these guys' ancestor was an erstwhile musician who happened to stage a jam session that was just morally wrong.

      Maybe it involved pyrotechnics that got out of control.

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