A general question

JillianC1Kwiziq community member

A general question

Why is it 'cote d'Azure' but 'cote atlantique'?


Asked 3 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Jillian,

Here "atlantique" is an adjective referring to a proper noun/name (i.e the Altantic being the ocean). "D' Azur" means "de couleur bleue" and was invented by a French writer, Stéphen Liégeard, in 1887. He was originally from "la Côte d'Or" department and used the same name structure to substitute the azure colour of the Mediterranean. 

See here for more details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Riviera

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

MaeveA2Kwiziq community member

This still doesn’t sound correct. Atlantic is a name not a noun, just like Azur is a name.

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Maeve,

I have amended my previous reply.

I hope this is clearer.

Bonne journée !

A general question

Why is it 'cote d'Azure' but 'cote atlantique'?


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