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
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2006 @ 10:19am

    Re: About ....... EVERYTHING!

    If it wasn't pointed out to me the first time a BLACK person did something, or that you can't treat "black" people the same way you treat others, or that jobs or college positions were given based on color (which presently means the darker the better) or that every time something happens to a person "of color" the race card is used, then perhaps I would be color blind. For gods sake, O.J. used the race card.

    In this country if you come to my door on Saturday to talk religion you should be killed but if you blow yourself up in the name of Allah and kill kids and women then "we should consider the circumstances, after all, the christians had the crusades! (800 fucking years ago!)" Skin color will always be a problem as long as it is always pointed out or used.

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