Re: The beginning of the end for the mademoiselle?
'Miss' officially banned in France
France at least in recent decades was very different from the US, in that the government sees itself as having the right to "regulate" the language. In the US the language was seen as belonging to the people, we never had any equivalent to an "Academy" to monitor and direct the English language. That is changing here. In many universities there is a conscious effort to force certain patterns of communication as leverage to bring about social change. 40 years ago this would have been denouced as thought control, but now it is accepted. For all the talk of diversity, there is far less diversity of language and expression permitted in and out of the classroom, as they are shaped into a mold of political correctness. This trend will spread to the larger society.