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
    Haha, 15 Dec 2006 @ 10:50am

    Good Lord people

    What the hell is wrong with you people reading through this is like listening to teenagers fighting on the play ground over who's dad is the coolest. So what the French helped us in WWII how many times have we saved your asses? Frankly i don't give a shit if the French create their own words hell we do it all the time here in the U.S. I mean who had ever heard of an iPod twenty years ago I mean seriously and think before that no one new what the internet was and before that was the computer and before that it was the automobile. I mean what the hell can't we all just get along.

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