Posted by Masakim on November 28, 2001
In Reply to: Latin quarter, French quarter, etc. posted by Marian on November 27, 2001
: How did such phrases come about? Are they military in origin? Do they refer to sections of cities roped off, so to speak, for particular ethnic groups, perhaps during a military occupation?
Quarter or quarters. Residence or place of
abode. A district of a town or city is sometimes known as a quarter, as the poor
quarter, the native quarter. The _Quartier Latin_ ('Latin Quarter') of Paris is
the university area. Although popularly renowned as the cosmopolitan and Bohemian
quarter, it derives its name from its ancient fame as a centre of learning when
Latin was the common language for students, who came from all over Europe.
From _Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, 16th Edition_ revised by Adrian Room.
the French Quarter the old district of New Orleans, Louisiana. Local
people sometimes call it the Vieux Carre (Old Square). It is next to the Mississippi
River and includes Bourbon Street, Rampart Street, Jackson Square and the French
Market. The area is popular with tourists for its jazz music, good food and buildings
of Spanish and French architecture with decorative iron balconies.
From _Oxford Guid to British and American Culture_ .