On this day: Fascist Italy Banned Foreign Words

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Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini with Adolf Hitler Hitlermusso2_edit

Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini with Adolf Hitler

On the 23rd of July, 1929, Italy’s Fascist government banned foreign words.

This was part of a larger act of the “Italianisation” of minorities in Italy and surrounding territories, as well as the annexation of nearby countries.

Naturally, this policy included banning the teaching of minority languages, even for people who were not ethnic Italians.

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