Which names are English

I just came across this article on the ctv.ca website about the enforcement of a decades-old law in Quebec which requires companies in the province to use French names: “The Quebec government is getting ready to launch a campaign this fall against big-box stores and their stubbornly English names.”

I refuse to get drawn in to the issues on this debate. It is fraught with a passion that I, as a monolingual US citizen, find a bit intimidating.

But, take a look at the graphic used in this posting:

Did they not see the irony of displaying a picture of a “stubbornly English name” store whose name is partially French — at least in derivation?

Marjolein Groot Nibbelink
Marjolein realized early on that the Netherlands was too small for her. After traveling to 30+ countries over the span of 10 years she moved to the United States in 2014. She holds a degree in Communication from the University of Rotterdam and has long had an affinity for creative writing.


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