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I got a big kick outta this story:


Iranian leader bans usage of foreign words

Sat Jul 29, 9:31 AM ET

TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic loaves," state media reported Saturday.

The presidential decree, issued earlier this week, orders all governmental agencies, newspapers and publications to use words deemed more appropriate by the official language watchdog, the Farhangestan Zaban e Farsi, or Persian Academy, the Irna official news agency reported.

The academy has introduced more than 2,000 words as alternatives for some of the foreign words that have become commonly used in Iran, mostly from Western languages. The government is less sensitive about Arabic words, because the Quran is written in Arabic.

Among other changes, a "chat" will become a "short talk" and a "cabin" will be renamed a "small room," according to official Web site of the academy.



And he claims he wants to be 'different'!

I am what I am and that's ALL what I am!

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The French introduced this concept back in the '70s, and we can all see how well it has increased everyone's respect for their language.

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Yes, French are quite concerned about French language, which is really a part of their culture and national heritage. For example, we are not supposed to say "email" but "courriel" which is a mix of "courrier" (= mail) and electronique (= electronic)...

And this is the same thing with audiovisual and broadcasting. There are quotas for American programs here on TV... In fact about TV broadcasting,  Canadians were the first to complain when they saw the Inuits wearing jeans and chewing gums... lol. They wanted to be protected from the americanization so developped the doctrine of the cultural exception which is also shared by the Europeans.
The principle of quotas is good to me but I wish the French producers/directors made some better movies...


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