Languages: Parlez-Vous Franglais?

Languages are the pedigree of nations. —Samuel Johnson

"The French language is a treasure," cries René Etiemble, professor of comparative languages at the Sorbonne. "To violate it is a crime. Persons were shot during the war for treason. They should be punished for degrading the language."

As purist and patriot, Linguist Etiemble has declared war against Franglais, the pidgin French-English that has flooded la belle langue with U.S. neologisms. French newspapers speak of call-girls, cliff-dwellers, containment, fairways, missile-gaps, uppercuts. French sociologists analyze le melting-pot, out-groups, ego-involvement. French business roils with words...

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