Imprisoning neology

October 14, 2009

Today’s front page of the Wall St Journal has a hilarious article on the serious debate in France concerning whether or not “informatique en nuage” is an appropriate rendering of “cloud computing.”
Both France and Spain have official commissions that rule on the appropriateness of neologisms and terminology (France’s General Commission of Terminology & Neology and Spain’s Real Academia de la Lengua Espanola). You guys don’t get it, do you? Languages are living, dynamic, evolving developing — that is, complex — systems, not mummies pickled in history to be displayed in museums.
Purists — including those who scoff about fusion food — are fighting a losing battle: the future belongs to the melting pot!
Viva Spanglish!

Recent Posts

About the Cynefin Company

The Cynefin Company (formerly known as Cognitive Edge) was founded in 2005 by Dave Snowden. We believe in praxis and focus on building methods, tools and capability that apply the wisdom from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. We are the world leader in developing management approaches (in society, government and industry) that empower organisations to absorb uncertainty, detect weak signals to enable sense-making in complex systems, act on the rich data, create resilience and, ultimately, thrive in a complex world.

Cognitive Edge Ltd. & Cognitive Edge Pte. trading as The Cynefin Company and The Cynefin Centre.


< Prev

Eat my words time!

I guess Nobels also go for hope. I guess, too, that just as there are ...

More posts

Next >

Spandrels and exaptations

Brunelleschi or other architects of the renaissance did not set out to design spandrels, those ...

More posts

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram