Petit Larousse becomes fashionable at 100

30th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - For its centenary edition, France's iconic Petit Larousse encyclopedic dictionary will be released this month with illustrations by French fashion guru Christian Lacroix and, as is only fitting, a heap of hip new vocabulary.

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - For its centenary edition, France's iconic Petit Larousse encyclopedic dictionary will be released this month with illustrations by French fashion guru Christian Lacroix and, as is only fitting, a heap of hip new vocabulary.

To the disgust of purists, many of the 450 new entries in the almost 2,000-page book smack of English. They include "trash", "vintage" or "bobo", the last referring to the social class known as "bohemian bourgeois" after the book by David Brooks, "Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There."

Figures such as Tom Stoppard and Bruce Springsteen also are among the new proper names listed.

Brightly-coloured illustrated letter headings by Lacroix, whose "H" for example features a hamster atop a hippopotamus holding a hydrangea, also liven up the new edition of the Petit Larousse.

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