Why do you dabble in things French? Come to think of it, why do you dabble in anything?Rogue Scholar 05 wrote:
In June 1986 my wife and I traveled to Normandy. We arrived in the late afternoon and checked into a small hotel. A cousin on my mother's side had died on Utah Beach and we had planned on touring the area the next day and visiting his grave site.
At diner someone asked us why were visiting Normandy and I told them and they offered to pay for our diner. It seemed everywhere we went in Normandy, it was no big deal that I only spoke a little French. But in Paris they look down their long noses if they detect the slightest American accent.
1986! Sooo, what's you point. Prior to 1986 the French would not allow non-French in their dictionaries. Golf is an example.
Sure most people, even in France, call golf "golf" but in the French dictionaries is was "jeu de balle"! But if you went China, it is golf, Japanese, golf, German, golf, everywhere but France it is GOLF. But prior to 1986, in French dictionaries, it was NOT golf!!!
Language policy in France
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Académie française was established in 1635 to act as the official authority on the usages, vocabulary, and grammar of the French language, and to publish an official dictionary of the French language. Its recommendations however carry no legal power and are sometimes disregarded even by governmental authorities. In recent years the Académie has tried to prevent the Anglicisation of the French language.
The Académie française is French. France is the only country that establishes standards for its language. The official dictionary of French is the Littré. It governs the use oft the language and approves deletions AND additions to the French language. Yes, of course, the Académie has tried to stave off challenges to the thing it holds dearest, its language and culture. As did Senator Ichiye Hayakawa in CA, when he saw that Spanish was securing a foothold, had English declared California's only official language. He was Canadian-born by the way. Can you blame the Académie?
Now, you have not been there since almosts 30 years, right? And may I assume you don't read French newspapers and magazines. If you did, you'd know that golf is gold and the "vert" is the green. You'd know that "défi" is no longer "défi" but challenge. You'd know that a knockout in French is ...knockout. Also, that e-mail is "le mail". You should refrain from making comments on stuff you know very little about. The only French thing about you is your name, Nadeau. It's practically the only good thing you have.
Cher monsieur Nadeau,
Mieux vaut vous vouer à l'anglais, c.à.d. l'anglais que vous connaissez qui n'est, en fait, qu'une ombre blafarde de l'Anglais de la Reine.