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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    misanthropic humanist, 15 Dec 2006 @ 11:18am

    better than fighting

    We are all getting along HaHa, we're having a civilised debate about our differences and nobody has to get nailed to a tree, burned or thrown to lions. That's progress.

    What's coming out of it for me is:

    1) We are ALL victims of propaganda. A globalised communication system like the internet and this forum mean we can finally see that for as long our histories have been written we are systematically lied to by our own governments and poisoned with prejudice against other creeds.

    2) There is a DEEP, DEEP insecurity and lack of self-esteem amongst Americans right now. I suspect the reasons are very complex, but you don't improve someones self esteem by pointing out their weaknesses at every juncture. Although it's hard to deal with the inflated and pompous comments that some people spout by way of compensation.

    3) My Dad is cooler than your Dad. :)

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