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Posted by on Jul 29, 2006 in At TMV | 12 comments

Iran Bans Foreign Words As Part Of Ahmadinejad-Speak

Watch what you say, more than ever in Iran:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as “pizzas” which will now be known as “elastic loaves,” state media reported Saturday.

The presidential decree, issued earlier this week, orders all governmental agencies, newspapers and publications to use words deemed more appropriate by the official language watchdog, the Farhangestan Zaban e Farsi, or Persian Academy, the Irna official news agency reported.

The AP report says most of the 2,000 banned words are rooted in the West. The problem isn’t with Arabic words, since the holy book is written in Arabic.

The academy has introduced more than 2,000 words as alternatives for some of the foreign words that have become commonly used in Iran, mostly from Western languages. The government is less sensitive about Arabic words, because the Quran is written in Arabic.

Among other changes, a “chat” will become a “short talk” and a “cabin” will be renamed a “small room,” according to official Web site of the academy.

That means no longer can Iranians who don’t agree with him assert that he belongs in the “looney bin.” From now on it’ll have to be the more formal term “psychiatric evaluation and treatment unit.”

And how will the President now refer to his favorite book that has a title in German (Mein Kampf)?

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  • Holly in Cincinnati

    Is there a word for “whackjob” in Farsi?

  • Salmenio

    Iran hates the west and Israel uses the west. No difference.

  • Holly in Cincinnati

    Venezuela`s Chavez and Iran`s Ahmedinejad pledge mutual support in Tehran (AP)

  • grognard

    Didn’t the French do the same thing? In fact I think they are still keeping English words out.

  • Guest

    Yeah, they took their name out of a common side dish. Now you can consume Freedom Fries to your heart’s content.

  • grognard

    Ha! good one “guest”!

  • Salmenio

    I see our beloved neo-con government is winning friends and influencing powerful people worldwide. What is our next territorial demand anyway?

  • Kim Ritter

    Sal- I guess we can’t call them neo-con anymore-labelling is no longer PC!

  • Robert Bell

    You know I just love beer and elastic loaves on a Friday night …

  • Is there a word for “whackjob” in Farsi?

    Yeah, except the English translation for it is “beloved leader.” 🙂

  • Isn’t that the same sh*t as the whole “Freedom Fries” bit? I mean really.

  • Kodros

    Isn’t that the same sh*t as the whole “Freedom Fries” bit? I mean really.

    Umm not really. Find me the law that forces all governmental agencies, newspapers and publications to use “Freedom Fries” instead of “French Fries”.

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