"...they even have a sort of language police in France, guardians dedicated to protecting the French language – mostly from foreign word invasion! The Académie Française was created in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu in an attempt to make the French language ‘pure and comprehensible to all’. Ever since then, except for ten years when the French Revolution put them out of business, their forty members, known as ‘the immortals’, have looked after French words – both new and old. They are based in a beautiful building in Paris, opposite the Louvre, and have an official uniform, a long black coat with gold embroidery rumoured to cost £40,000, and that doesn’t include the sword they have to carry for official engagements – presumably to cut through the claptrap. It’s a very elitist group made up of writers, historians and even politicians. If an English word creeps into popular usage, the Académie Française will come up with an alternative and urge everyone in France to use it."
Marsh, Janine. My Four Seasons in France (p. 212). Michael O'Mara. Kindle Edition.
I've just finished My Four Seasons in France, the story of two Brits who settle in a rural village in France.
I've learned a lot about France and French and the French. Did you realize there is a language police for French? The French believe their language is the most beautiful, the best, and they take steps to protect it.
Here's what I think: I agree; French is best. We have no English police, and I shall add as many French words as I can to my daily chit-chat.
I'm starting with these.
I especially like words with accent marks or other curious symbols in French.
What are your favorite French words? What French words would you like to include in everyday life?
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love. Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.