Don’t Italicize French Ballet Terms

Don’t Italicize French Ballet Terms

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Tweet this quote.Italicizing ballet terms because they’re French? Oh no, you don’t! Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at

A colleague was asking specifically about italicizing ballet terms since they are foreign. Well, they’re “not English.” French isn’t exactly a foreign language in Canada. In a synergistic twist, our very own Canadian Word Lady is also a devote of the ballet. She quickly set us straight.

I wanted to be a ballerina. Seriously. I tried out for the national troupe. When I was a kid, classical ballet was just about all I cared about. It was not to be.

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