It is common to refer to a nation’s language by one of its famous writers. In this blog post, MOLKOÏ is explaining why we call French the “Molière’s language”, just so you know why him over anyone else.
The story is simple: the French Academy reformed the French language in 1635. Back then, Molière was THE playwright in demand who toured Europe with French-speaking plays. He was one of the first artists to use elements of the newly reformed language, giving it international exposure. On top of that, Molière used the French language like nobody else mixing styles, simple and sophisticated play on words to serve comedy.
If other writers followed in its footsteps, Molière still is responsible for the expansion of the French language as we know it today.