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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    Jess, 15 Dec 2006 @ 10:37am

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    The reason we americans feel fairly strongly about the french is because they have always treated us as second class citizens. Never mind that our soldiers died storming a beach that the french could have held if they had used those wondrous defenses of theirs. The defenses were dismantled and then used against Allied forces btw. Never mind that after their liberation they treated us as if we were their opressors. Never mind that they went behind the UN's back and traded proscribed items for oil with Iraq. And about the fact that they gave us the Statue of Liberty. That is a misrepresented fact. It was not the French who gave it to us, but a Frenchman! Eiffel gave us the Statue of Liberty because he liked our idea of government. And I doubt that the fact that no occupational force has ever stood up against a determined resistance was going through the french governments mind when they surrendered.

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