How The French Take English Internet Words And Make Them Acceptable For French Ears

from the non! dept

More than six years ago, we wrote about how the French, ever protective of their language, had rejected a bunch of commonly used words to describe new technologies such as email, and created their own official French-approved versions. The process, of course, is an ongoing one, and an attendee at a recent meeting explains the process by which the French come up with officially acceptable French ways of saying things like "ipod" and "pharming." As the article says: "The words are created by a panel of industrialists and savants, either from scratch or based on observations of evolving usage. The Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry has set up a Special Commission on Terminology and Neologisms in Electronic Communications to carry out such work." Apparently, just letting languages evolve naturally (while perhaps requiring that much less bureaucracy) is just way too messy.

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    sceptic, 15 Dec 2006 @ 11:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Obsidian

    Yeah, firsthand from my grandmother (may she rest in peace) -
    She was a carpenter in 1945 (women did all the "mens" jobs in the war)
    building fake spitfires so that when the Luftwaffen spy planes came
    they thought we had hundreds of spitfires left. In reality I think we were down to single figures, like 5 or 10 actual planes... how close is that

    Soviet manufacturing ramped up towards the end of '43 and went into full force mid '44. They didn't have fake anything, as far as a lot of weapons went, they actually got more sophisticated although a lot of ingenuity was also at play. So yeah, it was close, Nazis would've lost sooner or later. The question was just who was to divide up the Europe afterwards.

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