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red_dragon60
06-02-2001, 08:52 PM
Okay, saw Moulin Rouge (loved it, but that's a different thread) and it takes place in Bohemian Paris. A few questions:

1. How did it start? I found a few websites, but they were pretty vague.

2. How much of an impact did it have on the world?

3. What did they believe in? Thruth, beauty, love, and some other stuff, right?

4. How can I dress Bohemian?

Hmm, almost considering a lifestyle change...


Thanks!!!

samclem
06-02-2001, 09:10 PM
By the 1860's in the US, the term "Bohemian" was used to describe a newspaperman or journalist, mainly in a "free-spirit,vagabond" type of way.

Derleth
06-02-2001, 09:33 PM
Thruth, beauty, love...

Yep, thruth is an indispensible part of my life, right up there with programming in LISP (http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/foldoc.cgi?query=LISP).

Sorry, couldn't resist.

(Now there'll be people saying that my intelligence is artificial.)

:D

Montfort
06-02-2001, 09:38 PM
Keep in mind that Bohemia is one of the two regions that comprise the present-day Czech Republic (Moravia is the other). Why the French hippies adopted their monicker is the question you want to ask, I think.

Northern Piper
06-02-2001, 09:44 PM
I think it comes from the way they threw the Austrian ambassadors out the window and into a dung heap.

Those Bohemians - they knew how to party!

tomndebb
06-02-2001, 10:27 PM
Regarding Bohemian, from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:

Bohe'mian (http://www.bartleby.com/81/2183.html)

Bohe’mian.

A gipsy, an impostor. The first gipsies that entered France came from Bohemia, and appeared before Paris in 1427. They were not allowed to enter the city, but were lodged at La Chapelle St. Denis.
A slang term applied to literary men and artists of loose and irregular habits, living by what they can pick up by their brains.
“Never was there an editor with less about him of the literary Bohemian. A strong contrast to his unhappy contemporary, Chatterton.”—Fortnightly Review: Paston Letter.

Also note the entry for Bohême (La) (http://www.bartleby.com/81/2181.html)

Montfort
06-03-2001, 12:12 PM
Originally posted by Northern Piper
I think it comes from the way they threw the Austrian ambassadors out the window and into a dung heap.

Those Bohemians - they knew how to party!
I defenestrate, therefore I am.

Tranquilis
06-03-2001, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by Montfort
Originally posted by Northern Piper
I think it comes from the way they threw the Austrian ambassadors out the window and into a dung heap...

I defenestrate, therefore I am.

Heh!

Slithy Tove
06-03-2001, 05:46 PM
Thanks, tomndebb - I always wondered why French artsy-dropouts aquired the name of a central European Slavic kingdom.

Any help in how & when French thugs came by the name "Apache?"