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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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2006 @ 2:08pm

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    ->American soldiers (brave men, all) didn't die or spill one drop of blood for our freedom. They did one better. They bled for the freedom of others; the French, Polish, Jews... everyone the Nazis had ground under their boots.

    'One better' my ass. That is 'public relations' propaganda. The US entered WWII because if the UK fell to Nazi Germany and ceased to be a country, then the UK would not be able to pay off the debt owed to the US from WWI.

    American soldiers may have been told they were fighting for freedom, but the reality is far removed.

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