A quick guide to speaking Franglais

Of course, this is not to say it is a linguistic one-way street – English has in fact historically adopted many words from the French language. Today, however, French speakers seem to use the nifty formula of adding ‘ing’ to an English word for coining terms for many new concepts and products. “Le brushing” for instance, meaning a blow dry, dates back to the 1960s – the decade when hairdryers became a mass consumer item. More recently the term “les learnings” is being used in business contexts to express the conclusions from a given report.

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