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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    misanthropic humanist, 15 Dec 2006 @ 7:40am

    Liberte egalite, fraternite ou la mort

    Interesting Gabriel,

    You both have a statue of Liberty, in fact the French gave the one in NYC as a gift which was shipped over on the Isere.

    You both had revolutions 1775-1782 USA, 1789 France

    In fact, the French helped you stuff us by providing military support to the Newfoundlanders.

    It's only ignorant cocks like Bush who stir up differences between you by calling the French cowards because they have the spine to stand up and refuse to join in a war of agression. In fact the Bush regime goes against every principle established by your own revolution. American disrespect of the French is a very recent thing... that's traditionally our job here in Britain :)

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