Québécois 101

Pitoune (Pea-tune): “Une pitoune” may refer to two things. In the popular Québécois French it is used to describe a beautiful young girl or a promiscuous girl depending on the tone and context. Since it can hold a pejorative meaning it is not recommended to use the word outside of colloquial conversations. Pitoune may also describe a log. Back in the day, a “draveur” or raftman would hop on the “pitounes” drifting down the rivers to the paper mills.

Comic by Paku Daoust-Cloutier

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