RØB Severson (jabberwocky) wrote,
RØB Severson

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Weiss Nicht Wie Gut Ich Der Bin

Hey dudes I just submitted the following paragraph to L'Académie Française:

Peut être que mon français n'est pas le mieux, mais
j'ai un question (j'utiliserai traductions en anglais
parce que c'est ma première langue): pourquoi est-ce
qu'on ne peut pas traduire le mot "joueurs" au mot
"acteurs"? On peut dit "jouer un rôle" pour exprimer
"play a part in a play," mais d'une façon ou d'autre,
on ne peut pas dire "les joueurs" pour parler de tous
les acteurs dans une pièce, un film, et c. Je vous
suggére que le mot "joueurs" soit augmenté pour
entourer le terme "acteurs" aussi. Merci de votre

Y'all should do the same at the link above, even if ya don't know French (if ya DO, though, then you can even word it in yer own words). Solidarity, my brothers and sisters.

The bottom line of the paragraph is that it is ridiculous that the word "joueurs" can not technically correctly be used to mean "players." Jouer is the French verb for "play," and you can even say "jouer un rôle" to mean "to play a part (in a play, film, et c.)," but apparently to say the direct translation of "players" does not actually mean "actors." You have to use the less poetic word, "acteurs." It's like "Get a clue, you damned Frenchies. Read some Shakespeare once in awhile; then have some practical connect-the-dots type common sense" (according to jessmiller, they even translate the Shakespeare line "all the world's a stage and all the men and women therein merely players" [or however it goes] to refer to them as "acteurs" instead--laaaaaame).

(You can use Google to translate the page if you don't know the Franss-wah, by the by. Just search for "academie francaise" and click on "translate this page" for the top link given as a search result.)

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