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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    Jess, 15 Dec 2006 @ 12:51pm

    Re: le freakin sigh, dudes.

    It's not as if I'm scornful of the French. I'm scornful of those who start talking of history and have really no idea what happened behind the scenes. The French Resistance did beautifully. However, most of the cell were trained and led by OSS recruited agents. To say that American's weren't needed is as ignorant as saying that we just went after Saddam Hussein because of oil. I mean it couldn't have been the fact that he was supplying terrorists with materiel and money with the caveat that it be used on American soil. The fact that we were responsible for putting such a twisted figure into power sure didn't have anything to do with that as well. And about the french coming up with french names to technology? Most countries are content to let their language evolve naturally. Only the bureacratic and arrogant mind of the french government would consider trying to control it.

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