I refuse to berate the French.
They have brought so much good into the world--cheese, wine, the nose of Gerard Depardieu, the tucked right arm of Napoleon--that their independence of word and deed should be respected. Even if occasionally it seems a little on the recalcitrant, or even drippy, side.
So please rise up with me and sing a little Charles Aznavour for the French broadcasting regulator who has banned on-air personnel from uttering some wretched anglicisms--specifically, "Facebook" and "Twitter."
An expat blogger, Matthew Fraser, explained that this ban has interesting and, naturally, intellectual roots.
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