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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    Witty Nickname, 15 Dec 2006 @ 9:17am

    Sorry...

    Yeah, Gabriel Tane is right. I never should have said 'we' think the French are cowards. I meant I think the French are cowards.

    Enlightened people like Gabriel Tane out there know the French should have just surrendered at the mere sight of aggression as he would have! For it is better to let Jews die at the hands of an evil man then to stand up to evil and say "Not in my name Mr. Hitler, you can not commit genocide!"

    "Not in my name Mr. Hussein, you can not build rape rooms and torture people with power drills!"

    Gabriel Tane says "WE WILL NOT FIGHT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!!"

    "WE WILL NOT GO TO WAR WITH JAPAN OVER PEARL HARBOR! THOSE SHIPS WERE WEAPONS OF DESTRUCTION ANYWAY!"

    "WE WILL NOT STAND UP TO HITLER'S GENOCIDE!"

    Gabriel Tane says, "WE WILL NOT KICK THE TALIBAN OUT OF AFGHANISTAN, THE TWIN TOWERS WERE JUST MOCKING THE THIRD WORLD ANYWAY!"

    Gabriel Tane says, "WE WILL NOT STAND UP TO SADDAM AND HIS USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS!"

    Gabriel Tane says "NOT IN MY NAME".

    I am sorry, Gabriel, I speak for me, not you. Please accept this sarcastic apology.

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