The Nation: En Garde/

The French last week declared war on the English language. Worried about the incursions of terms like le whisky and le weekend, the government banned 350 offenders from official usage and urged the French to drop them from everyday currency as well. In place of the Anglicisms, the government proposed French substitutes. Flashback, for example, can be replaced by retrospectif; hit parade will succumb to pal-mares (literally, prize list); one-man show will be rendered spectacle solo; tanker will become navire citerne.

Frenchmen sincerely believe that their language, logical and precise, is the foundation...

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