The French are often criticized for their resistance to linguistic change - especially when it comes to influences from the outside world.
But to mark French Language Week, internet users were asked to submit and rate their favourite invented French words that they thought deserved a place in the French dictionary.
A jury then selected their three favourites. Here's a selection of ten of the best words from the 3,000 submitted including the top three.
Do you have any suggestions for new French words of your own? Let us know in the comments section below.
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