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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
    Go America!, 15 Dec 2006 @ 1:19pm

    U-S-A U-S-A

    America is the only true nation!
    Other countries suck!
    America is what matters!
    Who cares about the planet - US economy is what matters!
    If it's not from the 52 states, it's meaningless!
    U-S-A U-S-A !!
    America owns outer space too! No other country can be allowed there - only America can be trusted.
    (goes without saying... duh)
    Who cares about France, they don't even speak English! (poor morons... can't even speak - ha!)
    God bless America! (and no one else..!)
    Woooohooo!!!!
    We OWN Earth - don't get in our way!
    If it wasn't for America, everyone on Earth would be dying! (idiots - can't even survive without us)
    Little known fact: Americans built Paris! (I sware!)
    Pyramids??? American!
    Ahhh... My work here is done here - if they're not American, they can't read anyway....

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