Zoreilles

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Zoreille[1] is a Réunion Creole term to describe French people who were born in Metropolitan France, but reside on the island of Réunion. It should not be confused with the terms Petits Blancs ("Little Whites") and Gros Blancs ("Big Whites") which refer to the early settlers of European, generally French, origin. It is one of the ethnic groups of Réunion, but the term is also used in New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Zoreilles means ears in Creole, but the etymology is unclear. (Possibly Portuguese as orelhas, the ears, generally pronounced [zoˈɾej.jɐ] in colloquial Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese terms are common in all creole languages of European origin.) It may come from the habit of Metropolitan French to prick up their ears as they do not understand local creole language.

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