Huh. Maybe I'm having a senior moment but I could have sworn the original post was yours. Guess my memory isn't what it used to be *I do not recall this. Are you suggesting I started this thread? No. I would have been more descriptive with my subject line.
When I was a child, I was taught by engineers and scientists who had read physics papers in German and certain math and electronics papers in French. English translations for Americans contained many assumptions, misunderstandings and errors. My dad's old science textbooks written in English often contained untranslated sections in European languages that the student was assumed to understand. To this day I am still learning what some old textbooks actually meant.Even rereading the thread several times, I still don't know what term exactly it is the French find undignified... Unless it's 'black hole'.