On Wednesday people started angrily tweeting the hashtag #JeSuisCirconflexe after the French media reported that the circumflex accent (ˆ) might be deleted from the French language.
The accent is traditionally placed over vowels to change pronunciation and differentiate between homonyms. The changes will affect new schoolbooks published after September 2016.
People took to Twitter to express their outrage at the change, which many felt was the "suppression" of the circumflex.
However, as reported by BBC News, this proposed change to the French language has been in place since 1990 when the French Academy approved the reform, along with the removal of hyphens from some words.
And as one French journalist points out, the change is optional, not enforced.
"Read what the academy said in 1990, the circumflex will not disappear."
This is heavily stressed in the conclusion of the original report.
"Having discussed this matter with the utmost rigour and at the same time the greatest caution, it appeared to the Supreme Council that it should retain the circumflex accent over the letter a, e and o, but it would not be mandatory on the letters i and u, except in the few cases where it is useful."
France's education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, even said that all of these spelling changes are optional and both forms of the word will be correct.
So in summary, language lovers: Chill. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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