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Thread poster: Rachel Vanarsdall

Rachel Vanarsdall  Identity Verified
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Jul 8, 2003

I've been asked to explain the origin/nationality of "Rompezvous"

"Hello, we have a lodge on our property with a large stone fireplace inside. Etched in the stone are the words:

The Rompezvous

1929

We have searched and searched looking for the meaning/nationality of this word, but have not been able to figure it out."

I believe the lodge in question is in the US, by the way.

Seems like a safe bet that this is just a combination of "Romp" and "rendez-vous" but I thought I'd ask the prozeans just in case...

Anyone heard of a family named "Rompezvou"? Or have any obscure information or colorful theories about this word?


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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Aucune idée, mais... Jul 8, 2003

C'est un endroit tranquile, au coin du feu... et "être rompu", c'est être très fatigué, non ? Alors, peut-être, Rompezvous, c'est: "restez là, vous qui êtes fatigué, et reposez-vous".
Mais ce n'est qu'une idée...
Bonne chance.


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two2tango  Identity Verified
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Frangnol? Jul 8, 2003

Could it have been used humourously? From Spanish "romper" = to break ? Just an idea, could somebody have hit their head on placing the logs in the fireplace?


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
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I think you've got it Jul 8, 2003

Seems like a safe bet that this is just a combination of "Romp" and "rendez-vous" but I thought I'd ask the prozeans just in case...


First it really sounds French and could be all French (verb "rompre"= break in imperative mood).
"Rendez-vous" means "go" (to a place), but it's also a date of any kind (you can take a "rendez-vous" with your doctor), so it makes you meet others. In airports the meeting point is "le point rendez-vous".

"Rompez-vous" would be "break yourself" or with a play on words, the opposite of a "rendez-vous" (as to break with somebody means the opposite).
This is what I imagined first, that it had been the place where an important rupture had taken place.

But what you said about "romp" made me check that word that I didn't know in English. I think that's the answer, it's the place for romping. A bilingual play on words.
Of course, it's just a theory. But it sounds romantic


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two2tango  Identity Verified
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Romantic indeed!! Jul 8, 2003

According to the theory : romp (English meaning + vous from rendezvous) the site was meant for trysts !! who knows?
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Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
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An opportunity to do some historical research... Jul 9, 2003

Maybe it is a bit far off but could it be possible that the former owners (you mention the year 1929) of this lodge divorced and met again at this place? This is what I first thought when reading your post - romantic indeed!

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Rachel Vanarsdall  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the ideas Jul 9, 2003

Thanks to all for your interesting suggestions! I especially like the one about the reunited couple. I confess I immediately thought of the English word "romp" when I got this question, completely forgetting the French "rompre." I do think it's significant that the fireplace is called "The" Rompezvous and not "Le" Rompezvous so I'm going with my original idea. I hope you won't mind if I pass your other ideas along as well.

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