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  • proper n. A surname, a variant of Germain.
  • proper n. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name transferred from the surname or borrowed from modern French.


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  • The old woman added that, as for herself, they called her Germaine, on account of the late Germain, her husband.

    Bouvard and Pécuchet A Tragi-comic Novel of Bourgeois Life

  • Victor at the hotel Le Germaine is new and not too busy (yet) but is excellent, and bonus you can get cozy in the hotel lobby afterwards and pretend like you are away somewhere else on a hot date. oh, also not for dinner, but a glass of champagne on the roof top terrace of the Park Hyatt is super romantic and a really nice way to watch the sun set. that's all for now, if I think of anything else I'll keep you posted. happy pre anniversary! pg

    Simple Gifts

  • The suspects were identified as Germaine Pate, 30, of Florissant, Tarrell Shields, 36, of St. Louis and Colin Walker, 18, of 1517 Bodie Drive, who each were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and felony stealing. stories

  • "Germaine," as Grandmother was called, was a stern woman who saw the collapse of a family fortune.

    bouder - French Word-A-Day

  • Professor Germaine Greer Australian author and academic, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminists of the 20th Century.

    It’s wrong to pay for sex–NYC Debate April 21 « Bound, Not Gagged

  • Just across the bridge from your hotel, on the left bank, on Rue St. Germaine (I think) is the Collège des Bernardins, a beautifully restored 13th century building.

    What to Do in Paris / Que faire a Paris? - French Word-A-Day

  • In recent years, a host of unlikely comedy experts from Christopher Hitchens to Germaine Greer have chipped in to opine on exactly why women can't do comedy.

    This week's new comedy

  • 'When it ended we were sitting overlooking the sea with apacket of crisps each and said: "This is it"': Germaine Smith and Chris Bienvenu.

    The ex-files: Chris Bienvenu and Germaine Smith

  • Her story Germaine Smith, 30, is an artist and library assistant.

    The ex-files: Chris Bienvenu and Germaine Smith

  • Germaine Greer, who appeared in a British production of The Vagina Monologues, called it a "much-hyped and fundamentally unchallenging piece of buffoonish American hoop-la".

    The Saturday interview: Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler


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