French fight franglais with alternatives for English technology terms | Translation Studies, Corpus Linguistics, Academia |

““OMG. Oh mon dieu. An increasing number of linguists believe the French language is being put at risk due to an influx of English words. Their solution? Invent new ones.

Some of the world’s top linguists gathered recently in Quebec to discuss how the French language is increasingly becoming peppered with English words, with technology being cited as one of the main causes.

Words such as ‘tweet’ and ‘hashtag’ now form part of the French language and those who attended the French Language World Forum believe it’s high time French equivalents were invented.

These linguists claim English words are dominating digital and economic parlance and that the lack of French equivalents is putting the language at risk.”