He was forward looking, with an endless curiosity for novelty, a tireless promoter of the Crusca Academy
and the study of all aspects of the written and spoken language across time.
In their dictionary of the Italian language, the Crusca Academy
defined favola as follows: "Falsa narrazione alla verita simigliante; trovato non vero, ma talora verisimile, talora no; come gli apologi, e le trasformazioni d'Ovidio: e de' versimili, come le novelle di Boccaccio.
In the newspaper Repubblica, Professor Arrigo Castellani, a member of the Crusca Academy
of Florence, which was set up in 1582 to standardize Italian, suggested equivalents to replace, for instance, "big bang" with granbotto, "spray" with spruzzo, "flash" with lampo, and "best- seller" with vendutissimo.
Founded by five members of the Florentine Academy, with the purpose of sifting the impure language (crusca, literally, "bran" or "chaff") from the pure, the Crusca Academy
set itself up immediately as the arbiter of the literature of its time.
He was instrumental in founding the CRUSCA ACADEMY