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Quebec Linguistic Oddity


As we wind-down the 2014 Quebec election campaign and get ready to actually cast ballots on Monday, the only poll that counts, the country’s media is chock-a-block with coverage. Nice to feel wanted!

Here’s a fun little linguistic tidbit – no, not that sort of linguistic problem – let’s leave those aside until at least Tuesday. What I find interesting is that  in Quebec’s English-language written media the word most often used to describe those who would like the province to separate is sovereignist. While in the rest of the country’s newspapers and online articles they usually use the word sovereigntist, with an extra ‘t’.

But perhaps most interesting is that according to Merriam-Webster.com neither is a word!

Merriam-Webster

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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