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 @ 8:34am

    Re: Re: so the world isn't english

    Tssk, Not an American... Don't hate America because of the actions of a few deranged leaders. Nobody is going to "nuke" America, except perhaps Bush, you know those crazies believe in the "rapture" and the "cleansing fire" don't you?

    Hopefully these nutcases will all soon be in jail, or better, swinging on a rope after the ICC convicts them of war crimes.

    London is full of exiled Americans who can't stand it at home any more. I say to them - love what your country stands for and go home and fight to get it back. You should support Americans in their opposition against their enemy at home not throw hate at them.

    Though, I can see why you get wound up by comments like

    "Will Sharia law allow you to make up your own words?"

    and

    "the US is like that turtle that carries the world on it's back. If it were to go away the world economy would crash and thousands of people world wide would die."

    We have to educate these people not spit on them for their ignorance, which is largely not their fault, it's the result of living in an insular society immersed in propaganda 24/7

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