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 @ 9:02am

    Re: The French

    Umm, they are the French. Which makes what they do pretty much irrelevant anyway. This just makes one more fight they won't win. Perhaps if they called the British and Americans to help...

    Typical Western ignoramus. And yes, that means I put you in the same category as French. Your vaunted "freedom" would not exist without the help of French navy and your proud Statue of Liberty is nothing but a copy of a French statue. Unless you want to become as "irrelevant" as French are, try learning basic history about AT LEAST your own country.

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