A Tweet From The OQLF Suggested That You Should Quit Saying 'Take-out' In French

It's plat à emporter en français.
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A Tweet From The OQLF Suggested That You Should Quit Saying 'Take-out' In French

On Monday, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) received criticism for a tweet suggesting that Quebecers ditch a common English term while speaking French.

The tweet highlighted proper French alternatives to "take-out" like plat à emporter or mets à emporter. 

A webpage in an accompanying link explains that "take-out" is "not acceptable because it consists of two English words," further explaining that "it does not integrate naturally" into French.

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The several hundred commenters on this tweet are from both sides of the argument, some throwing their support behind this OQLF initiative and others deriding the language watchdog. 

In a statement shared with MTL Blog, the OQLF said that its "publications [...] in social networks, such as those concerning take-out orders, Good Friday and After-Christmas sales, aim to promote French expressions and terms and to enhance the use of the French language."

"The Office's linguistic resources help equip Quebecers and the various workplaces to help make French the normal and usual language of work and the public space."

The OQLF has been making headlines all year and is set to expand thanks to new investment from the government.

Some Quebecers have questioned the Office's tactics during the pandemic, even calling for the organization to be abolished

Ah, the OQLF, the Quebec agency charged with promoting the French language and enforcing laws that protect it.

In addition to providing resources for French learners and launching campaigns to encourage its use, the office also investigates possible violations of the Charter of the French Language, or Bill 101. Commonly referred to as the collection of the province's "language laws," Bill 101 establishes rules for the use of French in commercial activity.

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The OQLF is working to keep French as the language of business. The office announced that on October 21, a Quebec court fined a Montreal-based real estate broker $1,500 for violating the language law on ads and publications.

Qiang Zhong Inc., a real estate broker, was accused of "not having written in French the commercial publications posted on its Facebook page," according to a press release. The accusation followed a complaint.

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Let's take a mot-clic #égoportrait. In November 2021, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) conducted a campaign to get young Quebecers to use French on social media.

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