Babiniotis: A linguistic challenge and Merry Christmas – I may faint when the English launch of this wish

The initiative of the Panhellenic Union of Philologists to intervene publicly for “the storm of foreign words that recently hit our language in a provocative way”, is welcomed in a post by Professor of Linguistics and former rector of the University of Athens, George Babiniotis.

At the same time, he characterizes the “upcoming Christmas wish that will be addressed to us by many stores, Merry Christmas” as a linguistic challenge and makes special reference to a relevant cartoon by Costas Mitropoulos in NEA, saying characteristically that “you are right to be afraid, my dear teacher. Mr. Costa Mitropoule, that the English launch of this specific wish may make me faint “.

The Babinioti post

In more detail, Mr. Babiniotis in his post states:

“I welcome the initiative of the Panhellenic Union of Philologists (PEF) to intervene publicly and to express its opinion on the storm of foreign words that has recently hit our language in a provocative way.

Because Black Friday, click away, courier delivery, lockdown, rapid tests (tests, sorry) and the upcoming Christmas wish that will be addressed to us by many stores, Merry Christmas (you are right to be afraid, are a linguistic challenge). My dear, get over it, cartoon teacher, Mr. Costa Mitropoule, that the launch of this wish in English may make me faint [γελοιογραφία στα Νέα]).

The voice of renowned philologists of PEF who belong to the struggled education weighs much more than my own voice, much more that is heard in public, not only now but when serious issues arise (such as the teaching of language and history in Education, etc.) and need valid and courageous intervention.

Let this burdensome intervention and the voice of my prestige raise the awareness and concern of the Greeks who love and respect our language, this great capital and privilege of our culture.
Read it carefully, please “, concludes the post of Mr. Babiniotim who quotes the position of the Panhellenic Union of Philologists.

See the post

PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF PHILOLOGISTS
I welcome the initiative of the Panhellenic Union of Philologists (PEF) to intervene publicly and…

Posted by Georgios Babiniotis on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

See the sketch by Costas Mitropoulos

See the sketch by Costas Mitropoulos, published in NEA on Tuesday, December 15th.

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