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
    josh, 15 Dec 2006 @ 11:04am

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    you call the French cowards out of fear, anger, hatred and other negative thoughts and feelings that manifest themselves within your mind and soul.

    Be honest with yourself, you didn't fight in D-Day, and you have absolutely no way of knowing what all the Americans who DID fight thought of Paris, whether they died or not. It is just as possible that the Americans actually AGREED that Paris should not suffer needless destruction, considering that the French crippled their chances from even before the start of the real war with the Maginot Line, as you so adeptly noted.

    In the end, Hitler died a shivering coward as his false empire crumbled at his feet, and that was due to the overwhelming force of most of the rest of the World working against him. America is amazing for having been able to carry on two simultaneous wars (one with Japan and one with Germany, since Italy folded quicker than France it shouldn't really be considered to be on the same level historically anyways) and win both relatively quickly (we've now spent more time fucking up Iraq).

    We saved ourselves, as a civilization, from the negative forces unleashed by Hitler and his Nazis, but you are actually channeling that negativity with your ill-mannered comments. Try positivity, its a much more gratifying path

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