Marolles

On the South-West side of this working-class part of the town popular local tradition like the zwanze - a way of life and type of humour specific to the area- is dying out. A cheeky endearing remark will be given in brusseleir or marollien, the dialects still spoken in the Marolles area.This local tradition is particularly vibrant in the flea market that takes place each morning on the Jeu-de-Balle square (which takes its name from a version of Basque pelote that was very popular in Belgium) in times gone by. Now and then the antique dealers going through the brol (bric-à-brac) on the stalls hear jokes between Marolliens, which they'll enjoy hearing although will perhaps not really understand.

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