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07-18-03, 01:39 PM #1
French Culture Ministry Bans Use of English Term 'E-Mail' ie STUPID FRENCH
By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press Writer
PARIS - Goodbye "e-mail", the French government says, and hello "courriel" — the term that linguistically sensitive France is now using to refer to electronic mail in official documents.
The Culture Ministry has announced a ban on the use of "e-mail" in all government ministries, documents, publications or Web sites, the latest step to stem an incursion of English words into the French lexicon.
The ministry's General Commission on Terminology and Neology insists Internet surfers in France are broadly using the term "courrier electronique" (electronic mail) instead of e-mail — a claim some industry experts dispute. "Courriel" is a fusion of the two words.
"Evocative, with a very French sound, the word 'courriel' is broadly used in the press and competes advantageously with the borrowed 'mail' in English," the commission has ruled.
The move to ban "e-mail" was announced last week after the decision was published in the official government register on June 20. Courriel is a term that has often been used in French-speaking Quebec, the commission said.
The 7-year-old commission has links to the Academie Francaise, the prestigious institution that has been one of the top opponents of allowing English terms to seep into French.
Some Internet industry experts say the decision is artificial and doesn't reflect reality.
"The word 'courriel' is not at all actively used," Marie-Christine Levet, president of French Internet service provider Club Internet, said Friday. "E-mail has sunk in to our values."
She said Club Internet wasn't changing the words it uses.
"Protecting the language is normal, but e-mail's so assimilated now that no one thinks of it as American," she said. "Courriel would just be a new word to launch."
07-18-03, 01:58 PM #2
The word French make me sick just to hear or see it they are one Rude set of people
07-18-03, 02:02 PM #3
What the hell will they think of next?
07-18-03, 03:54 PM #4
What ever they do come up with, you know they've had help cause their to STUPID to do anything on their own!!
07-18-03, 06:03 PM #5
The French want this country to fail, So they can say WE told you
so. And the United Nations has just about got the whole world
turning against us. Even our own Representatives are planting
more doubt in the minds of Americans. All are jockeying for pow-
er. PI** on the French, they can go to HELL.
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