"Selfie" has made it into the French dictionary
"Selfie" has made it into the French dictionary
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PARIS — To the chagrin of many a Parisian poet, more and more English words are making it into the French language. The latest to get official entry into the Petit Robert dictionary include a batch straight from Silicon Valley: selfie, MOOC, hashtag, and the continued trend of the internationalization of the digital world — and word.

Being here in Paris, we asked some French members of the Worldcrunch crew to speak up. Have a look, and listen: same spelling and meaning … and pronunciation?

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