Foreign words spotlight purity of Chinese language
The increased use of foreign words has sparked debate about the linguistic purity of the Chinese language.
The discussion was initiated by an editorial last week in People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, which criticized the influx of imported words for harming the purity and health of the Chinese language.
More than three decades into China’s reform and opening-up, a growing number of loan words have been absorbed into daily use, ranging from Wi-Fi to GDP, NBA and VIP.
The objection to foreign words has triggered dissent from members of the public, who say English abbreviations and acronyms have helped improve efficiency in daily communication.