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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    Gabriel Tane, 15 Dec 2006 @ 11:34am

    Re: Sorry...

    I do accept the (much needed) apology, sarcastic or not.

    "Enlightened people like Gabriel Tane out there know the French should have just surrendered at the mere sight of aggression as he would have! For it is better to let Jews die at the hands of an evil man then to stand up to evil and say "Not in my name Mr. Hitler, you can not commit genocide!""
    -Witty Nickname

    Enlightened people like me know that we weren't there to know all of the factors to decide if we think the French military strategy was a good one or not. Are you an experienced military strategy analyst who was there and gathered first-hand information about the situation? No? Then talking like you know what was good for them is quite un-enlightened. Or just ignorant.

    The French didn't roll over and just allow the genocide... they were a little preoccupied with BEING INVADED. Yes, I'm sure they were concerned with the fact that so many Jews were being slaughtered... but they had more pressing and immediate concerns.

    And as far as their military strategy goes, go read Misanthropic Humanist's post #28. He brings up a great point about guerilla strategy. Now, you should notice that he states an opinion and historic observation. Not, as you would give, a direct statement of fact.

    Above all, you blame France for Americans dying in Europe during WWII. Funny thing, I thought it was the Germans that were shooting at us. Hmmm... I need to go read that again, I guess? And it wasn't the French that decided we were going to enter the war. And it certainly wasn't the plight of just the French that tipped our hand into entering.

    You're blaming France because that's the thing to do today. Make fun of the frogs.

    Now, onto the rest of your mindless blather.

    ""Not in my name Mr. Hussein, you can not build rape rooms and torture people with power drills!" "
    -Witty Nickname

    Uh... what?

    "Gabriel Tane says "WE WILL NOT FIGHT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!!"

    "WE WILL NOT GO TO WAR WITH JAPAN OVER PEARL HARBOR! THOSE SHIPS WERE WEAPONS OF DESTRUCTION ANYWAY!"

    "WE WILL NOT STAND UP TO HITLER'S GENOCIDE!""
    -Witty Nickname

    I'm not sure on what you're basing these words you're putting in my mouth, but that's not what I was saying. Not even close.

    If you read my post, instead of just reading the fact I was disagreeing with you, you would see that I lauded those very reasons. I celebrate the fact that a previous incarnation of the once-great country was noble enough to stand up for others. That they were self-sacrificing enough to give their lives to free others. But, as I said, that is no more. Now, we merely use the specter of that once-great nobility as a cape to hide our real intentions: Money and Power.

    And Japan is a whole different subject. That was retaliation and full-blown war. Another country declares war on us and we fight back. That was soldiers dying for our freedom. That was soldiers laying down their lives for America.

    In Europe, we were there to (finally) help our Allies.

    "Gabriel Tane says, "WE WILL NOT KICK THE TALIBAN OUT OF AFGHANISTAN, THE TWIN TOWERS WERE JUST MOCKING THE THIRD WORLD ANYWAY!""
    -Witty Nickname

    I said nothing about the Taliban. I said that we are an abusive world-police.

    Since we're talking about it... going after the Taliban for what they did is not noble. It's self-serving. I'm not saying it's a bad thing. It will teach them (and others) that we retaliate, that there are consequences for attacking us. Good for the future. But it's not noble. Don't make it sound like we're doing some heroic good deed.

    " "WE WILL NOT STAND UP TO SADDAM AND HIS USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS!" "
    -Witty Nickname

    Again, I didn't say anything about Iraq, but since we're talking about it...

    The belief that we were in Iraq for anything other than protecting our oil interests is propaganda and naivete. The belief that we are in Iraq now for anything more is no better.

    So, Gabriel Tane doesn't say a damned word you tried to put in his mouth. Gabriel Tane says "speak for yourself". Which you promptly went and did the exact opposite and started speaking for me. Good job.

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