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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  1. identicon
    theMouse, 15 Dec 2006 @ 8:48am

    RE: "fight american world domination"

    "fight american world domination"

    I love that statement. Well not really. It always confuses me.

    When people complain about Americans and its culture(s) Since America is made up of immigrants from other places. Myself I am only 3rd generation. So "American Culture" is really just a mish-mash of all of the ones from the rest of the world.

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