Wednesday, March 16, 2016

OMS French Students Protest Loss of French Accent Mark

Anne Zachary led her 7th grade French students in a protest against the removal of the "circonflexe" accent mark from French spelling as part of a larger spelling reform. To read more about the uproar this removal has caused, please take a look at this article from the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160215-the-circumflex-a-battle-over-an-accent-mark

Students marched through the halls chanting, "Nous sommes circonflexe," "Je suis circonflexe," "Vive le circonflexe," and "Cir-con-FLEXE!" While some students are happy to lose the accent mark because spelling will be easier, most students -- and most French people -- are reluctant to see it go! Few other languages use this accent mark and it's just one of those things that makes French extra special.

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