The official French for “hashtag”
posted at 5:07 pm on January 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
There are plenty of things that really get my goat when it comes to the French (that whole “Socialism”-with-a-capital-S thing figuring pretty largely among them), but I must say — when it comes to their proud and robust we-do-what-we-want insistence on French being the one official language… I kind of have total respect for them. Via the AP:
The French government is redefining hashtag with a Gallic touch. The country that has an academy devoted solely to the use of the French language has given its official seal of approval to a new word for the Twittersphere: mot-diese.
Pronounced ‘Mo-Dee-YEZ’, it doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue. But that’s not the point. French law requires that government agencies use French terms — and teachers are required to spread the word. New words are approved by the Academie Francaise and written into the lawbooks.