Education: Allans, Enfants . . .

"The French language," trumpeted the "manifesto" of the privately run, six-months-old Office du Vocabulaire Francais, "is threatened." Threat: the English language. By last week, in response to the manifesto, 5,000 Frenchmen had sent in list's of objectionable neologisms that had sneaked into the language from Britain and the U.S. "The danger," the manifesto had warned, "is grave"—and 4,999 out of the 5.000 patriotically agreed.

The 4,999 were dead set against such outrages in French as bestseller, blackout, brain-trust, covergirl, fairplay, new-look, pinup, rush, starlett, surprise-party, up-to-date and weekend. Some suggested a wholesale...

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