Americans are boring, the French are not

And here’s the proof:

In Word, enter =rand() and press Enter. This fills your document with random text.

The American version of Word 2007 uses text from the Help file (boring). The French version repeats this sentence:

Servez à ce monsieur une bière et des kiwis.”

Which translates to:

“Serve this gentleman a beer and some kiwis.”

Honorable mention to the Spanish, for “The quick Hindu bat ate happy golden thistle and kiwi.”

(Thanks to Doug Klippert.)

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7 thoughts on “Americans are boring, the French are not

  1. I now foresee some idiot switching to OpenOffice on the principle that he doesn’t want that feature “cluttering up” his copy of Word.

  2. My OLD version of Word (2003) gives me the elementary school: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

    Isn’t that what the Mac folks say OS X does to Windows…..:-)

  3. Actually, the English one might be boring, but it’s more useful.

    Having a few paragraphs of real or real-looking text is infinitely more useful, than having the same sentence over and over again. It’s more life-like to do formatting, layout testing, etc. on real-looking text (think Lorem Ipsum), than on the same sentence repeated a thousand times.

    By the way, the Hungarian version always said this (at least up to 2003): AaÁáBbCcDdEeÉéFfGgHhIiÍíJjKkLlMmNnOoÓóÖöŐőPpQqRrSsTtUuÚúÜüŰűVvWwXxYyZz (or something like this; the worst of them all)

  4. Sorry to say but OpenOffice has officially made it not worth spending the money on Microsoft Office for the average home user. I’ve been using it for years now and have never needed to use Word or Excel anymore.

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