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From English to Inglish… Why ‘jogging’ in France is comfortable and why ‘le brushing’ is all hot air

Un brushing

Le relooking, le brushing, le smoking, le pressing, le zapping…

Goodness. Just look at all of these cheeky English words that have weaselled their way into the French language. The people of France will not stand for such an invasion! Or so say the muckety-mucks at the Académie Française.

Except for the fact that most English speakers would be at a loss to explain what these words actually mean. It’s a strange situation indeed: while the Académie Française tries to build high walls around the French language to keep pesky English terms out, the more creative French speakers seem to be inventing their own English words from the inside…

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