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Italian Government Proposes Fine of Up to 100,000 Euros for Use of English Words

© AP Photo / Alessandra TarantinoItalian Premier Giorgia Meloni addresses the lower Chamber ahead of a confidence vote for her Cabinet, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.
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Fratelli d'Italia, which is known for its nationalist stance and anti-immigration policies, has been pushing for measures to protect the Italian language. The party argues that the increasing use of foreign words is diluting the identity of Italy and undermining its cultural heritage.
The Italian government is considering imposing fines of up to 100,000 euros for the use of English words in daily conversations and official documents. The proposal has been put forward by a legislator from the governing Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy) party in an effort to protect the Italian identity.
The draft stipulates that individuals and companies caught using English words in official statements and documents would face hefty fines. The move is aimed at preserving the Italian language, with the government providing citizens with a list of approved Italian alternatives to replace English words.
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It remains to be seen how effective the new bill will be, given that English words have been widely used in the Italian language for decades.
This initiative follows an example set by France, since the French Academy - the official body supervising matters related to the French language - has also been promoting linguistic purity.
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