Thousands of cégep students and employees visited the Facebook page of the Francojeu des cégeps contest, which ran from March 1 to 31. A total of 5,000 visits and 200 new word suggestions were received for the 13th edition of the contest. Prizes worth a total of nearly $2,000 were shared by 16 winners.
The Francojeu is presented by the Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development (CCDMD) as a tool to showcase French, featuring the ten words of the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) annual Francofête.
Victor S. Christin, a Collège de Maisonneuve student, took first place for the neologism he proposed to replace the Anglicism “small talk”: placotille (a combination of placotage (chat)and pacotille (cheap junk)). His prize was a $500 cheque from the Office québécois de la langue française and a single-station copy of Antidote 9 from Druide informatique.
The contest is a Facebook quiz game exclusively for members of the college community. At the end of the game, which focused on words about talking, the participants were invited to suggest an invented word or expression to replace an Anglicism commonly used in French, related to the theme: pep talk, small talk, standup (comic), talk show, running gag and “caller” (used as a verb to “call” a meeting).
The jury, whose task was to select the three best lexical creations, was made up of Christine McElligott, a terminologist at the Office québécois de la langue française; Colette Ruest, a facilitator with the network of French language respondents for the cégep network (Réseau Repfran); Jean-Philippe Boudreau, a French teacher at Collège Montmorency; Jean-Mathieu Montpetit, winner of the 2017 Francojeu des cégeps; and Nicholas Birks, pedagogical advisor and CCDMD project manager.
All the awards were graciously offered by the contest sponsors. The CCDMD extends its warm thanks to the OQLF, Druide informatique, COOPSCO and Le Robert publishing, without which this year’s Francojeu would not have been possible.
Click here to see a complete list of the prizes and winners.