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Club member 222 Ed Hawco offered the following explanation via email - "The answer to the 'Question of the Week' is obvious once we realize that abbreviation is to blame for the confusion. A 'demi' refers to a 'demi-verre,' not a 'demi-litre' - a 'verre' being generally a half-litre. But of course you knew that already, and were just teasing us."

But I knew no such thing, so I asked Marion Nowak, the club's 'Expert For Nearly Everything,' partly because she happens to be a club member. Her reply -

"It's absolutely obvious! You know that in Franconia the standard glass for beer, the 'seidel,' contains a half-litre. As one can easily tell from the similarity of the names - Franconia = France - these have common ancestors.

"When the part of the tribe that went west settled in France, they got 'lache,' because France and Paris were so beautiful and they had so much wine and the girls and no more working, and so on. So instead of drinking the normalphoto: coffee tureen amount of a half-litre they drank only half as much which gives a 'demi' in French and as the standard for beer was a half-litre, a 'demi' of that makes 0.25 cl.

A typical French 'consommé tureen' of café.

"More seriously - and especially for club members - but not too far from my nice tribal theory, I would think that 'demi' doesn't refer to 'verre,' but to 'pichet' - or maybe 'chope?' - which still very often means half a litre. If you order 'un pichet de vin' for example, it's not unlikely that you'll get half a litre. And a 'demi' of that - why, it gives those funny-sized glasses of beer served in Paris."

Let's give our hearty thanks to Marion! But to make really sure I also asked the patron of the club's café, La Corona. His answer, paraphrased, was, "A 'demi' is half of a 'chope anglaise."

This is not a good answer even if it includes the word, 'chope.' France's first kings came from Germany, and I think they brought beer with them. Look at all the 'brasseries' there are in Paris today - and these are nothing compared to the number there used to be.

Since today's new member Paul Baker had been visiting the closed Fragonard Museum earlier today, I asked him last week's 'Question of the Week' too.

He said, "Maybe it's from 'demi-tasse.'"

As a last resort I turn to my antique 'Nouveau Petit Larousse.' It says, 'Verre de bière qui équivalait primitivement à un demi-litre.' In other words, a 'demi' of beer has gotten 50 percent smaller somehow.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out minor other stuff concerning what this is about - if you really feel like it - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which will also explain exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to learn that you can become a member of this online magazine's club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been abolished. Other 'new rules' pop up occasionally, but they are suppressed without mercy.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 27. September, which is not on any Friday this year. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Vincent-de-Paul's Day, in France and the DOM-TOM at least.

The following day will be Friday as always happens in an usual week. Make the most of it - there will only be 14 more of them this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is on all other weeks with Thursdays or Fridays. Yourphoto: berta, sue, scarf, patrick club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and continue until 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'OTOG' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without metrical 24-hour time.

Sue Fuss watches Berta Maginniss whirling into her scarf, just before whirling out the door.

The club's secretary, known occasionally as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the next meeting. It is merely a 'ruleless' club ritual, like doodling.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or come with your own 'City of the Week' for consideration or even fabricate any other 'Things of the Week.' Any darn thing is eligible. Having these on hand may be significant enough to get them mentioned in a meeting's club 'report.'

Your thoughtful comments, invented or not, will be heartily received by the other members present - and all readers of this online magazine with the real and free Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members of some club in the only city in the world known as Paris, France.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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