Revelation at Eurostar Check-in

Did I know that

burger means
citizen in Flemish
anyway, it’s bürger in German.

It all makes sense now
why some cities end

with -burgh
like Edinburgh

why some
end -bourg like
Strasbourg and why

some with -burg
Freiburg aha and

why, it feels good

to make burgers.

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One thought on “Revelation at Eurostar Check-in

  1. To which litany one might add ‘burghers’ or in French ‘bourgeous’. Famously, Rodin sculpted the six burghers of Calais, and a cast of the original is in London’s Victoria Gardens. Calais had been surrounded for a year by English soldiers under King Edward III. Six leading citizens of Calais, the Burghers, offered to die if Edward spared the rest of the town’s people.

    Edward’s wife, Queen Philippa, heard about the Burgher’s offer and asked if they could also be spared if the town surrendered. Edward agreed and all the people of Calais were allowed to leave. A rare example of a story with a happy ending in the otherwise miserable 14th century.

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