Sangiuliano wants the Italian language in the Constitution against ‘radical chic snobbery’

Sangiuliano is so reminiscent of the doctor in ‘Roaring Twenties’, the extraordinary film by Luigi Zampa (interpreted among others by extraordinary actors such as Nino Manfredi, Gino Cervi, Gastone Moschin) which narrates the journey of an insurer in a southern town – Matera – whom the local clique mistakes for a hierarch sent from Rome on secret inspection.

And then everyone competed to show themselves more fascist than the other and, of course, to hide the wrongdoings.

Thus, when the insurer goes to the hospital to speak with a primary care physician, the dialogue is interrupted by a nun-nurse who asks permission to give a ‘cachet’ to a patient who has a severe headache. At that point the head physician pretends to ignore this foreign word and forbidden by fascism. “What is a cachet?”. And then after the explanation she exclaims. “Oh a wafer. His name is wafer. Let’s give him a very Italian wafer.

That was a film that made fun of fascists and fascism. Then decades later Gennaro Sangiuliano arrives at the Ministry of Culture who more than a minister seems a parody of the doctor who asked for the ‘cialdino’ and disdained the ‘cachet’ for fear of not pleasing the hierarch.

Now the Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, supports the idea of ​​including the Italian language in the Constitution.

And in an interview with Messenger critique”some abuse of Anglophone terms” belonging “to a certain snobbery, very radical chic, which often arises from the lack of awareness of the global value of Italian culture and its language, rich in words with different nuances”. In the meantime, he could begin by not using the term radical chic, i.e. the combination of an English word and a French one and he should generally say ‘the snobbery of elegant radicals’

“It is right to include the Italian language in the Constitution”

The minister says yes to the hypothesis of including Italian in the Constitution. “The consecration of the national language is found in many constitutions, in most countries, not only in Europe, as Federico Guiglia rightly pointed out”, he underlines.

“So it is a question of being consistent with other large European and Western nations, and President Meloni has already presented a proposal to this effect. Then, of course, the reform must be harmonized with the framework of reforms Minister Casellati is working on”.

Obviously saying in the Constitution that the official language of the Italian republic is Italian would not be a problem. Moreover – as far as we know – the Italian Constitution is written in Italian and not Aramaic, in parliament legislation is made in Italian, in schools Italian is taught and this without there being a specific article of the Constitution.

The problem is what our reactionary right would like to derive from this norm: do we ban foreign terms? Do we Italianate computer science? Instead of Saint Luis blues do we say – as in Mussolini’s time – the lament of San Luigi?

The truth is another: on the one hand, all linguists explain that a language is not immutable but over time it assimilates from others and new words derive from it. Italian comes from Latin, but many words we use are Lombard or Arabic.

On the other hand, the best way to defend Italian is to invest in school and culture (even if culture is a universal heritage and not just a national one, but there is the possibility that Italian culture may have special attention)

Then you realize that this government in which Sangiuliano mimics the head physician of the Roaring Twenties wanted to call a ministry with a very Italian “made in Italy” flavor, which is more like poor people in politics than ‘radical chic’.

And the same government has canceled the culture bonus to give basic income to those needy poor in the world of football.

In short, Italian can be defended in many ways. Sovereignist and para-nostalgic parodies are useless.

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Sangiuliano wants the Italian language in the Constitution against ‘radical chic snobbery’