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Outrage has erupted in France after a language moderator approved changes to the spellings of thousands French words in an attempt to simplify the language.
 
The alterations were approved by the country’s official language moderator, Académie française in 1990, but are due to come into effect this year and will be published in school books and dictionaries this September, The Local reports.
 
At least 2,400 spelling changes will be implemented, however the change that has sparked the most fury is the removal of the traditional circumflex accent (^), which will disappear above the vowels "i" and "u" in certain words.
 
The word coût (cost) will lose its accent to become cout, as will s'entraîner (to practice), maîtresse (teacher) and, ironically, disparaître (to disappear).
 
The circumflex will not disappear entirely, however, still being present above the letter "o", in words such as hôtel. It will also be kept on certain words like sûr, where removing the accent would change its meaning entirely from “certain” to “on top of”.
 
Other changes include removing hyphens in words such as week-end, which will change to weekend, and porte-monnaie (wallet).
 
The French onion will also fall under the changes as the “i” is removed from oignon to become ognon.
 
The modifications will not mean an immediate end to the old spellings. According to Le Monde, publishers will have the option of whether to use the new spellings or not and teachers will not punish students who continue to use the old spellings.  
 
Despite this, the changes have sparked outrage in France with thousands despairing of the alterations on social media.
 
#ReformeOrthographe or “spelling reform” was the top trending Twitter topic in France on Thursday; #JeSuisCirconflexe or “I am the circumflex” was also shared.
 
Many users argued the changes were “dumbing down” the French language. One Twitter user said the reforms were a “paroxysm of dumbing down”, while another claimed: "To simplify, is to become poorer. A language is rich and beautiful precisely because it is complex.”
 
Others claimed French spellings should not be made easier for pupils. One user said: “We had to learn to write properly, they can too”.
 
Politicians have also waded into the debate. The vice-president of France’s far-right Front National party said, “the French language is our soul” and the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, dubbed the reforms “absurd”.
 
It is not all doom and gloom for French traditionalists, however. Under the changes some more modern words will be made to adhere to French grammar rules in an effort to “Frenchify” words borrowed from the English language.
 
Des misses and revolver will become des miss and révolver and leader will become leaduer.

 

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I actually kinda like Cajun french. Reminds me of Justin Wilson and Gambit

Justin is for real. Gambit.....*cringe*

 

 

There is definitely a different accent. I think the main difference is actually the attitude or tone. Cajun french is more laid back and it reflects in the language. Cajuns are proud, self reliant, hard working people but they are not rude or full of themselves like the French. The French you kinda get that hipster vibe when they speak it's like.....

 

"Huh Huh Huh, we are fruance, better than all you rat Bass-turds."

 

Even in their language you can sense the condescending tone. 

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Justin is for real. Gambit.....*cringe*

 

 

There is definitely a different accent. I think the main difference is actually the attitude or tone. Cajun french is more laid back and it reflects in the language. Cajuns are proud, self reliant, hard working people but they are not rude or full of themselves like the French. The French you kinda get that hipster vibe when they speak it's like.....

 

"Huh Huh Huh, we are fruance, better than all you rat Bass-turds."

 

Even in their language you can sense the condescending tone.

I went to Paris with the missus and some friends, one of whom is a french teacher. She was so keen to use her French but then this one guy in a café near the eiffel tower replies to her in English with a sneer in his tone.

 

"Don't even TRY to speak my language."

Needless to say his tip wasn't great.

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I went to Paris with the missus and some friends, one of whom is a french teacher. She was so keen to use her French but then this one guy in a café near the eiffel tower replies to her in English with a sneer in his tone.

 

"Don't even TRY to speak my language."

Needless to say his tip wasn't great.

You should have said "likewise foglet."

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I went to Paris with the missus and some friends, one of whom is a french teacher. She was so keen to use her French but then this one guy in a café near the eiffel tower replies to her in English with a sneer in his tone.

 

"Don't even TRY to speak my language."

Needless to say his tip wasn't great.

Shouldn't have tipped at all, Europeans don't tip anyways

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Lol, not in America ya don't! ;) I've got lots of friends who've been servers, and that's what I got from them unanimously

 

Eta: no matter where I am, if service is that bad I won't tip.

Wait, when you say Europeans do you mean non-British Europeans?  I tipped like a good 'un when I was in the states.

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Lol why would I tip someone for successfully bringing food to my table? That's what they get paid for. 

BJNOOB will come back from a car fire for this comment...

 

Had a lot of RAF guys come through when I was bartending in Turkey, I can confirm that the English don't tip. 

 

12er's thread on English comprehension on language shows they don't understand the word gratuity ........

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Lol why would I tip someone for successfully bringing food to my table? That's what they get paid for. 

Because they are being paid $1.50 an hour to do it. 

 

Why shouldn't they melt you with body shots in the parking lot? You were asking for it.

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