Re: RARA-AVIS: The word "noir"

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 28 Aug 2009

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    It's in the main body of the Webster's Collegiate, which has a section at the back for foreign words and phrases, so italics are definitely not necessary. Watch out folks, the def includes the word hard-boiled. In the Oxford Canadian, no itals. The def refers to anything having characteristics of film noir. Suprisingly, my Concise Oxford (1990) has no trace of noir.

    Karin M

    On 28/08/2009 4:58 PM, trentrey wrote:
    > I thought I'd throw this out here because I know there are a lot of writers and editors on this discussion board.
    > Should the word "noir" be italicized? Or has it been around long enough that it can be thought of as part of the English language now and not italicized?
    > I've seen it both ways, and, unfortunately, written it both ways. I need to pick one.

    Karin Montin

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