Italians Protest English Words

Society not 'OK' with native speakers using Anglo shortcuts
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2008 2:29 PM CDT
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other Italians should be using 'fine settimana' rather than the English derivative 'il weekend,' the Dante Alighieri Society says.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – One cultural institution is not "OK" with Italians speaking Anglitaliano, the BBC reports. "Weekend" and "OK" topped a list of least-favorite foreign words among visitors to the Dante Alighieri Society website. It shows Italians want more respect for their language, the group says.

But some defended the peppering in of what they call products of globalization: "Often it's faster," says one miscreant. Other invading words on the list—part of efforts to continue using Italian in EU operations—are: welfare, bookshop, computer, and privacy.