Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The 'R' Word

My flabber is well and truly gastered. I am reeling. First, the Sydney Morning Herald (2/8/08), and now The Australian (6/8/08), have used the 'r' word in their respective reviews of the French film Female Agents.

I can hardly believe my eyes. I truly thought I'd never see this louche archaism again. Militancy, oui. Terrorism, oui, oui. But there it was, in the corporate press! The SMH titled its review of the film - about female French terrorists knocking off innocent German Defence Force personnel in the disputed French territories during WW2 - a "ripping yarn of resistance," while The Australian - quelle horreur! - talked about "the women of the French Resistance."

What's next? Freedom fighters?

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