Feeds

French ban email

Worldwide Web too wide for some

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

The French have unveiled plans to stop the tainting of their tongue by banning email. Politicians who once tried to make phrases like le weekend and le sandwich as unsavoury as frogs legs are at it again. This time they want to force the French civil service to stop using cyber-Anglicisms. Email will be replaced for bureaucrats by courrier electronique (electronic letter), while a start-up will be known officially as a jeune pousse (young plant). Other English language terms deemed too dangerous are stock option, which will become une option sur titre, and media magnet, un aimant des medias. But the changes, which follow similar attempts by the government to curtail the use of English in modern French speak, seem doomed by the government's own admission, today's Times reported. "The State can't impose terms on other people," admitted Jean Saint-Geours, head of the ministry of finance's terminology committee. "But it is desirable that the whole country should talk the same language." It seemed to slip his mind that the whole world should be speaking the same Oueb language. ® Related stories: French language discovers email

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.