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  1. Standard memberSleepyguy
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    12 Oct '18 21:28
    @wolfgang59 said
    I think the changing English language is brilliant,
    so long as it evolves organically through usage
    and not from some politically correct dictators.
    Agreed (and that's exactly what Jordan Peterson said).
  2. SubscriberSuzianne
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    12 Oct '18 23:28
    @phranny said
    I do not really have an opinion right at this moment on "womxn". However, except for Latin and other dead languages, language is constantly changing. If you showed up 150 years ago, people speaking English would probably sound a bit stilted to your 21st century ears. Fifty years ago, Ms as an alternative to Mrs. and Miss was considered nuts. Now it is more commonly used than the words it replaced.
    The aim of language, however, is not to make it more difficult to communicate. Any language changes designed to obfuscate belong in the same realm as doublespeak.
  3. Standard memberkaroly aczel
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    13 Oct '18 00:18
    @duchess64 said
    The extremely naïve phrase 'Asian languages' is meaningless linguistically.
    Asia's full of extremely diverse languages that have about nothing in common with one another.

    I come across ignorant Westerners who wrongly assume that Chinese, Japanese,
    Korean, and Vietnamese must be rather closely related to one another, when
    nothing come be further from reality.
    Yes, I am naive. Nevertheless, do you think a language like Hungarian would be easier or harder to learn than japanese?
  4. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    13 Oct '18 03:21
    @suzianne said
    The aim of language, however, is not to make it more difficult to communicate. Any language changes designed to obfuscate belong in the same realm as doublespeak.
    I would avoid any language change that was designed.
  5. Zugzwang
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    13 Oct '18 03:26
    @karoly-aczel said
    Yes, I am naive. Nevertheless, do you think a language like Hungarian would be easier or harder to learn than japanese?
    Hungarian would be easier to learn than Japanese.
  6. SubscriberWajoma
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    13 Oct '18 03:27
    @wolfgang59 said
    I would avoid any language change that was designed.
    So you would avoid the use of "free' in con-junction with 'healthcare', education, etc.

    Because what is really meant by 'free' in these cases is you will be forced to pay for it whether you like it or not.
  7. SubscriberSuzianne
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    13 Oct '18 04:23
    @wajoma said
    So you would avoid the use of "free' in con-junction with 'healthcare', education, etc.

    Because what is really meant by 'free' in these cases is you will be forced to pay for it whether you like it or not.
    You really are a wonder. It's a wonder that you can successfully function in a world not governed by your "dream feelings".
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    13 Oct '18 11:09
    @sleepyguy said
    Agreed (and that's exactly what Jordan Peterson said).
    Even a cracked clock is right once in a while.
  9. Standard memberkaroly aczel
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    13 Oct '18 23:25
    @duchess64 said
    Hungarian would be easier to learn than Japanese.
    based on what?
  10. Subscriberkmax87
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    14 Oct '18 00:57
    @duchess64 said
    Is Germany (germ many) supposed to be contagious? (joke)
    Depends on how much the joke catches on!
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