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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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    boo hoo, 15 Dec 2006 @ 9:35am

    Re: so the world isn't english

    The fact is everyone is free to evolve their language. Why should one language be "the better language"?

    Also, why write this article and make fun of the French unless you beleive English is the "better language" and that the others are useless?

    Oh, and that comment about the US carrying the world on its back is the most spectacular example of chauvinism in this thread. All other countries should all hail the USA, be their servants for eternity, right? We should all kneel everytime we see an American, they are so good for the planet.

    Thank god some of you know better. The rest of the world might stand a chance if some Americans stop frustrating the planet - knock on wood.

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