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Kébek the beaver is a resourceful type with a big heart who really wants to help his little Indian friend, Nitou, in the French children’s book La rivière sans retour. But in Chapter 4, as Nitou’s canoe is swept away in the rapids, young readers learn that Kébek also swears like a sailor.
“Taberna-a-a-cle!” the beaver hollers, uttering a swear word that in Quebec is roughly as offensive as the f-word in English. The author of the book aimed at 6- and 7-year-olds helpfully includes a footnote explaining that tabernacle is a “Québécois word indicating surprise.”