The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 November 2003

Je ne blog pas

You have to figure that a consonant-riddled monosyllable like "blog" — especially an English consonant-riddled monosyllable like "blog" — wouldn't sit well with the French.

I don't know whether there's any official commentary on the subject, but I did spend some time poking around the French counterpart to Blogger, which is called Joueb.com, and it turns out that the derivation of "joueb" is not a whole lot different from that of "blog":

Un joueb (contraction de journal web) est un site web ou des informations sont publiees frequemment. Elles sont le plus souvent presentees par ordre chronologique et par categories.

Note: joueb est notre traduction du mot anglais blog (contraction de weblog).

At least "web" figures into both of them. And it's "our translation"; they didn't wait for a decree from l'Académie Française, presumably sent by courriel.

Posted at 6:34 AM to Blogorrhea


Joueb is an ugly little word, n'est pas?

Sans doute, l'Academie will come up with a suitably lengthy and unweildy word.

Posted by: Dan at 1:14 PM on 18 November 2003

"Blog" isn't exactly euphonious, either: it has onomatopoeic value for people feigning polevault vomiting, but it grates on the ear otherwise.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:23 PM on 18 November 2003

I hate that word, "blog." It feels like you're about to throw up. And I think the next time I find myself vomiting, I might actually attempt to say "blog" while I'm doing it, just to see.

Posted by: Erica at 3:31 PM on 18 November 2003

"Mama! Erica just blogged all over the living-room rug!"

You know, it works.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:49 PM on 18 November 2003

Well, I think telling some troll to get a joueb works on two levels, n'est-ca pas?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:00 AM on 19 November 2003

I do believe he's hit on something.

Dear Mr. Troll: Get a joueb.
™ McGehee Enterprises

Posted by: CGHill at 11:35 AM on 19 November 2003

Soon we'll see the current fashion for linking to blogs by articulate sex workers give way to a new trend for linking to online blog-jouebs.... (groan)

Posted by: Vanessa, London, UK at 5:11 PM on 19 November 2003

Not that there's anything wrong with articulate sex workers.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:54 PM on 19 November 2003

Articulate what now?

Posted by: McGehee at 6:42 AM on 20 November 2003

It's like that time when we went to Mexico to try to score some of those constant-velocity joints we'd been hearing about.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:39 PM on 21 November 2003