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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    Gabriel Tane (profile), 15 Dec 2006 @ 8:35am

    "Just to clarify this one, which I've seen misreported often, what they did was declare that all references to French fries and French toast on the menus of the restaurants and snack bars run by the House of Representatives would be removed. It was a symbolic act and didn't force anyone anywhere else to do the same."
    -Anonymous Coward #7


    This was answered best by kjpweb in # 25...

    "Hmm - A symbolic Act? For what? As a symbol of narrowminded stupidity? Just thinking it is ridiculous - but acting on it really shows an unbelievable range of intolerance. The same people would have liked to see this put in to law, mind you..."
    -kjpweb

    "Actually we call the French cowards because they let Hitler march into the capitol city without a fight because it would have destroyed a "Beautiful city".

    The Americans who died on D-Day thank the French military for that one, as well as the foresight of the Maginot Line.

    Thanks France, you really saved the Americans from Nazi Rule!"
    -Witty Nickname

    No, you call them cowards for those reasons. Don't group all of us into your war-mongering hate-speech.

    If the French didn't want to fight, for what ever reason, that's fine. I don't remember all of the French going along with it. Didn't they have a resistance that helped us (US and other ALLIED forces) push the Germans out? Oh that's right. They did.

    And the Americans who died on D-Day don't thank anyone for anything. They're dead.

    Finally, no one saved America from Nazi rule. Wrong continent dumbass. Unless you mean that eventually America is going to own everything and France didn't help us save a future possession from Nazi rule.

    Bottom line is this. WWII wasn't an American war. We helped... you may even be able to say that we turned the tide or carried more than our fair burden... but we weren't the only country in that war. Stop making it sound like America saved the damned world.

    American soldiers (brave men, all) didn't die or spill one drop of blood for our freedom. They did one better. They bled for the freedom of others; the French, Polish, Jews... everyone the Nazis had ground under their boots.

    And you know what... no one owes us a damned thing for it because we've betrayed that sense of nobility and sacrifice by becoming an aggressive, abusive world-police and then try to play it off like we're "promoting freedom" or "promoting democracy". Bullshit. We're promoting American interests and making a shitload of money for a select few while we're at it.

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