Posted by Lewis on April 14, 2003
In Reply to: German Profs declare war on English terms posted by ESC on April 11, 2003
: German Professors Declare War on English Terms
: By: By Erik Kirschbaum and Dave Graham
: Wed April 10, 2003 08:55 AM ET
: BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of German university professors, angered by the U.S.-British war against Iraq, have launched a campaign to replace many popular English-language words used in Germany with French terms.
: Saying they are appalled by the way the United States and Britain defied the will of the United Nations and attacked Iraq, the four professors declared war on borrowed English terms in German such as "okay," "T-shirt" and "party."
: They have devised French-language alternatives: "d'accord," "tricot" and "fete"...
: The rest of the story at: http://www.maconareaonline.com/news.asp?id=2391
Dolts in gowns.
For example "OK" I understand to be - quelle horreure - French "D'oc" as in Languedoc - because they said Oc (OK) as an affirmative in that area's language.
As for the Germans generally - it doesn't sound very Teutonic to boycott a country for being militarily aggressive - or is it liberators they and the French despise?
At least the Italians are openly apathetic about making war and the Spanish will sometimes ally themselves with the Brits, if it gets up the nez of the French. Posturing, posturing, posturing.
[Nous voudrons les contracts de construction et l'aile etc yeah, right, oc, OK]