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Are You Ready to Drop Italics For Foreign Words in Fiction? 

 I came across this post and thought it was interesting. I understand the argument – italicizing makes foreign words stand out and is not how we speak – but I think it will take a while for the slow-moving literary world to come around to this thinking.

I think it would be fine to drop the italics, especially if the foreign words are used throughout the text. The reader will figure it out.

What do you think?

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The practice can sound unnatural, and reinforces a monolinguistic culture of othering…

Source: When to use italics with foreign words in fiction — Quartzy
by Thu-Huong Ha