Many languages around the world feel threatened by the 500-pund gorilla known as the English language. Several countries have passed legislation to protect their national languages from the onslaught of English words. France is one of them, but others such as Brazil, Germany, etc. are considering following suit to limit the invasion of English words in their languages. Italy is no exception. Communications minister Maurizo Gasparri has indicated that the Italian language needs to be safeguarded. Gasparri stressed the fact that while Italian is being studied as a foreign language abroad in increasing numbers, more needs to be done on the technological front to protect it. The need is severe in the field of computers where English is used almost exclusively.