Asked me in demotic French
To luncheon at the Cannon Street Hotel
Followed by a weekend at the Metropole.

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius


“Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, cest soir?” Creepy Mr. Eugenides just propositioned the speaker for some backdoor bowling, if you know what I mean.

Demotic refers to the language of the people; in this context, it probably means colloquial or vulgar.

As the Waste Land manuscripts indicate, Eliot had initially chosen the phrase “abominable French.” The adjective “demotic” was suggested to him by Ezra Pound.

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