The French have shut down yet another English word: "sexting" will now be known as "textopornographie," with "sexto" as the noun "sex text." France's General Commission on Terminology and Word Invention (or Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologisme, s'il vous plaît) decided to change the word, as it has done since 1635 in an effort to protect the country's language from all words ugly and devoid of Frenchness. Tech words and regular words alike have been changed over the years: back in 2003, the country changed the word "e-mail" to "courriel," and earlier this year our beloved "hashtag" was banned and replaced with "mot-dièse," which translates to "sharp word" in English. Here are some other terms the French have made fancy:
Next on the agenda? If we're lucky, maybe "selfie" or "twerking."
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