Friday, July 18, 2003

Stupid News: France Bans the Term 'E-Mail'

Jamey Keaton of the AP reports:

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.
Too bad the French Culture Ministry won't ban "cheese-eating surrender monkeys." The only credible replacement would have to be "the French." This makes the whole "French Fry" renaming fiasco by the Congress look intelligent. Stupid as that was, at least it was in response to a policy disagreement.

What a petty, small place the world can be some days. . .

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