Les goddams (sometimes les goddems or les goddons) is an ethnic slur historically used by the French to refer to the English, based on their frequent expletives. The name originated during the Hundred Years War (1337–1453) between England and France, when English soldiers were notorious among the French for their frequent use of profanity and in particular the interjection "God damn".
Outside of France, the name has been used in French-speaking parts of Canada. Related terms have existed outside of the French-speaking world: Godames was historically used in Brazil, while Gotama was used in East Africa.
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“The deer and the dachshund are one.
Well, the gods grow out of the weather.
The people grow out of the weather;
The gods grow out of the people.
Encore, encore, encore les dieux . . .”
—Wallace Stevens (18791955)