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International News Archive - January 27, 2013

Hashtag Among The Many English Words Banned By French Officials

Attention Twitter users living in and around Paris, Marseille, and Nice: the government officials in charge of inventing French-language replacements for foreign-language words would like you to stop referring to the symbol used to tag your microblogging posts as a “hashtag.”

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.