France: It's not sexting, it's textopornographie

December 20, 2013

France, a nation with a centuries-old reputation for seduction, now has a word for sexting.

If you want to send sexually explicit photos or text messages to your lover in France, it's called "textopornographie." That's the term recently chosen by the Academie Francaise, the respected institution that watches over the French language and regularly invents French terms for English or other expressions that have gone global.

The academy's Sophie Tonolo, a dictionary editor, says it was approached by the Justice Ministry for a proper term for because the phenomenon often comes up in legal cases.

It was one of many words published this month in a government legal database. It may not end up in the dictionary however, Tonolo said, if the fades.

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5 / 5 (1) Dec 20, 2013
"textopornographie" - it kind of rolls off the tongue like a freight train derailment.
"Sexting" is SO much catchier.
not rated yet Dec 21, 2013
Nice country France--the language belongs to the State. And as for what ordinary people want to say--they can textopornographie off to the US.
not rated yet Dec 21, 2013
To the detriment of tweeters. How many times will that fit in a message?

An awkward, cumbersome word. French is one of the most beautiful languages today. As the languages of the world evolve, many to (ugh!) adopt new words from mongrel English, what will French end up looking like? Full of these homely, synthetic constructs?
not rated yet Dec 22, 2013
Paris isn't the city of love, its the city of sextopornographie.

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