Modern Living: Non-Bons Mots in France

Despite a 1973 decree aimed at eliminating foreign—meaning American—words from la belle langue, the French have continued merrily to use franglais, that pervasive and convenient coupling of the French and English languages.

They cheer le cowboy in le western, eat le snack (pronounced znag) or le sandwich in le living room or le drugstore, and sip un cocktail or un Scotch sur les rocks at le party au le weekend. Now, in a new effort to knockouter "the most obvious instances of language degradation and to protect the citizen from possible harm," a new...

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