Re: [OT] French Government Bans the Term 'E-Mail'

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Jul 21 2003 - 12:00:33 EDT

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    At 10:59 -0400 2003-07-21, Patrick Andries wrote:
    >----- Message d'origine -----
    >De: "Michael Everson" <>
    >> At 19:56 -0400 2003-07-20, Patrick Andries wrote:
    >> >Obviously, the AP has found someone to say it is artificial.
    >> Of course, all language is artificial.
    >Well, at least all new words that can be traced to someone can be so «
    >described ».

    *All* words must be traced to someone. They do not grow on trees.

    >I also wonder if anybody in the US said to the
    >inventor of email or any new word : this is
    >artificial. It seems somewhat nonsensical or at
    >least tautological for any newly coined word.

    eBook, e-mail, eBay, e-money, and all that gunk.
    I suppose we could do without them. Even Apple's
    gone weird about it. I don't know what the "i" in
    the iLifestyle suite (iChat, iPhoto, iBook,
    iThis, iThat) means.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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