Thursday, April 08, 2010
A Rapper Defends Proper Speech
In reading about the French government's Francomot competition this week, I came across this gem:
"On the jury were a dozen French personalities including the rapper MC Solaar (praised as “a dextrous handler of words” by Joyandet)."
The Francomot competition is about preserving French as a homogeneous language and resisting the intrusion of words from other languages, primarily English. Why on earth would the organization choose a rapper, of all people, to defend the language? Yes, he's got rhyme and rhythm, but rap relies on abbreviations, mispronunciations and malapropisms to create satisfying rhymes.
I guess this is the French version of Pres. Nixon making Elvis Presley his agent-at-large against "dangerous drugs and narcotics".