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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
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.