Tag: Académie française
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On this Weekly Word Watch, we travel around the world with Canadian coinages and Subsaharan sobriquets – and around the universe with Hawaiian-hailed asteroids. Levidrome Levi Budd, a precocious six-year-old in Canada, noticed there was no name for words that form different words when spelled backwards, as spit makes tips in reverse. So, resourcefully and […]more
People in the UK are routinely amused and bemused by French-speakers’ hyper-sensitivity to language matters and by the steps taken by the French state to regulate linguistic behaviour. In the 60s and 70s, under the sway of Gaullism, successive governments targeted above all the use of Anglicisms. More recently, the Socialists have faced a tide […]more
Hey, English speaker! Congratulations. You speak a language that straddles the globe like nothing before. Statistically, English is unlikely to be your first language and you are likely to be from an educated background. Again, congratulations. Here are ten things that you may not have known about this wonderful language of ours: 1. It is […]more
It’s official: binge drinking is passé in France. No bad thing, you may think; but while you may now be looking forward to a summer of slow afternoons marinating in traditional Parisian café culture, you won’t be able to sip any fair trade wine, download any emails, or get any cash back – not officially, […]more