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Paris, Ernest Hemingway famously said, ‘is a moveable feast’ – a city, yes, but also an experience that one holds onto long after one’s Parisian visit has ended. Vivacious, alluring, dynamic: these are all adjectives many would use to describe the French capital, which has long been regarded as a world center for cultural and […]more
David Parsons writes in his book on Shropshire place-names that street-names ‘reveal the layers of history in a place’ and ‘fill the imagination with the sights, sounds, and smells of the past if we attend to them.’ We learn, for instance, that a high street in Shrewsbury formerly went by the name of ‘gumbestolestrete’ – […]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