cman: Hey French speakers:As you are readily aware of, we show respect for your language. We find it to be so grand enough that we love to take your words and use them over our own. Why can't you show us the same respect?
Savage Bacon: cman: Hey French speakers:As you are readily aware of, we show respect for your language. We find it to be so grand enough that we love to take your words and use them over our own. Why can't you show us the same respect?You'd be surprised how many English words are used by the French. In fact, when I was in Paris, I decided to stop by a McDonald's one time to get some junk food and see if I could get a beer there as was mentioned in Pulp Fiction (turns out I couldn't). Aside from "frites" (fries) "bonjour" and "merci", all the words in my order were in English.Furthermore, many "-ing" nouns in English are used by the French, even when a French word meaning the exact same thing already exists, such as parking ("stationnement"), lifting - as in a face lift ("redrapage"), sponsoring ("commandite"), booking ("réservation"), etc. I guess our old country cousins love that "-ing" sound. Also in common use are weekend ("fin de semaine" - although that usage is also common in Québec), spam mail or spam (pourriel), cloud - in IT parlance ("nuage"), etc.When an authority attempts to create a new word in their own language, it's not really a question of disrespect, but rather an attempt to grow the language by using its own parameters instead of defaulting to the source language, which is sometimes seen as lazy. Occasionally, the new words stick, although oftentimes they crash and burn, as the general public prefers to use the original expression/word.Hell, us Quebecers are notorious for using English verbs and conjugating them as if they were French ones. That's how things how in reality, no matter what some "language police" wants.TL;DR - All languages grow and borrow words. Sometimes they use them as-is, sometimes they try to create their own version.
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