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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    Wernerna, 15 Dec 2006 @ 11:14am

    Why always just WWII?

    It's days like this make me embarassed to be a US citizen. Fellow citizens, take a moment out of your week and read a book about what the French did during WW1. You know, that really big war before WW2? Then think about how quickly the next war was at their doorsteps. American citizens have NEVER been faced with such a challenge. When you've lost so many of your people to one war, who is left to fight the next? The bravery and courage of the French in the face of of WW1 far out shines whatever hollow critisism you may lob at them for some perceived slight you feel after WW2.

    Oh, and what the hell does this have to do with email names again?

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