Cultural bodies in France have long complained about the number of English/American words and phrases creeping into their language.
Now, it seems, the Italians have also declared war on what they dub ‘Anglitaliano.’
The Dante Alighieri Society, which draws its name from the country’s most illustrious poet, has had enough of words such as computer, election day and weekend cropping up in everyday conversation.
“Our survey shows that although the hard core of foreign words included in our language doesn’t bother anybody, there are a few excesses that many Italians dislike,” said Alessandro Masi, Chairman of the Society.
Among the offending examples sent to the society’s website were stress, mission, briefing, OK, know-how, welfare, shampoo and cool.
Like many fashions, it seems to be a generation thing. Younger Italians are more likely to watch English and American films and anyway think the trend is part of globalisation. Their parents would prefer to keep the language clean.
by Andy Moreton