Posted in: 2023

164. How Was Your Weekend, Fin de Semaine, or Fine Settimana?

I discuss the recent announcement by the Italian government that it is introducing legislation to levy fines on those who use foreign terms, when there is an Italian equivalent, in official documents. I also talk about similar prescriptive tendencies by the governments of France and of the province of Quebec in Canada.


"Italian government seeks to penalize the use of English words" (CTV News)

Grande dizionario della lingua italiana

Dictionnaire de l’Académie française

Vitrine linguistique (Office québécois de la langue française)

Oxford English Dictionary