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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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2006 @ 10:12am

    "American disrespect of the French is a very recent thing... that's traditionally our job here in Britain :)"

    Well, we have disliked the French since before I was born and that was 50 years ago. Seems long enough to me.

    "I can't wait for some third world country to nuke em. (The american's that is, not the French)"

    You do understand that the same people who would nuke us will nuke you too? And usually they do it to you BEFORE they try it on us.

    " D-Day was launched from Britain, thanks for the help and everything, but you guys sat on the fence for 4 years until the tide was already turning and then joined the winning side. And then sent us the bill for your services."

    We didn't sit on the fence. America didn't want to join a war that wasn't ours. Whenever we did, for what ever reason, we did save your ass. The war was NOT turning. Check your history.

    As for those of you who hate America, we don't really affect your day to day life. It's just the "hate the big guy" syndrome. We even have Americans who hate the fact we are the big guy.

    And rather it is proper or not, the world economy does depend upon America. And in only a little over 200 years we have grown to become the most powerful nation in the world. Why did you people let that happen?

    For those that compare Bush to Hitler, you're asses. Truth is, we have not taken over one country. We could though. We could take over YOUR country if we wanted. If we were what we were accussed of being then we would be so much worse than we are.

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