Saturday, July 29, 2006
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the AP: Iranian leader bans usage of foreign words

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.

What a nice, totalitarian move (of course, the French often engage in the same type of behavior).

I would share a few choice foreign words with Ahmadinejad right now, but this is a family blog.

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2 Responses to “One Elastic Loaf with the Works, Hold the Anchovies”

  1. The Florida Masochist Says:

    One elastic loaf to go

    See how evil Islam is. They want to do away with pizza!(Cue the sarcastic laughter)

  2. Chris Lawrence Says:

    I expect this decree to be about as effective as the Academie Francaise’s efforts to ban “le week-end” and “le parking” from the French lexicon.

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