« And how many of the Americans who today order a limo know that a limousine was originally a breed of French racehorse? « 

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/10/travel/the-country-airs-and-graces-of-limoges.html

Un article du New-York Times sur Limoges

« The Country Airs and Graces of Limoges »

extrait :

« Porcelain was developed in the district from the late 18th century onward, when a seam of china clay was discovered near St. Yrieix-la-Perche, another small hilltop town. By 1837 there were 11 porcelain factories in and around Limoges, and that was the year David Haviland arrived from New York to join the throng. A well-known English-language travel guide sketches him as a classic American abroad, arriving in France with a broken cup to try to match it, but this is amiable nonsense: the Havilands were already well-established china manufacturers on their own side of the Atlantic and were in any case of Anglo-French ancestry — they had left the Channel Islands to avoid religious persecution in the 17th century. Dissenters, later Quakers, they were part of the anti-slavery movement like that other great porcelain family, the Wedgwoods of England. Like the Wedgwoods, they passed the firm on from father to son for generations, into the present era. »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limousine

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A limousine (or limo) is a luxury sedan or saloon car generally driven by achauffeur and with a partition between the driver and the passenger compartment. Limousines often have a lengthened wheelbase.

It was originally an enclosed automobile with open driver’s seat.[1] It is named after a type of cloak and hood that was worn by the inhabitants of the Limousin region that later resembled the covering of a carriage and much later used to describe an automobile body with a permanent top that extended over the open driver’s compartment « 

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