Re: [GTh] Logion 68 (B)
- --- In email@example.com, "jmgcormier" <cobby@n...> wrote:
>>My own bias is that usage will ultimately decide which words weuse, but in fairness to the French system, if nobody (or no "body")
is watching for word creepage into a language, pretty soon (not sure
at which point) the language in question loses much of its
"Language is what language does," as the movie character Forrest Gump
might say. The koine of the 1st century CE was quite different than
the Attic of classical Greek times (slightly simpler grammer, full of
new words created from a variety of sources - not all of which were
of "pure" Greek origin).
The upper classes were quite aware of this, as they were tutored in
Attic literature and spoke that form of the language among
themselves. I cannot recall the source off hand (I am on vacation in
Texas) but one critic quotes (in English translation) a writer from
around the 1st century who was very critical of other elites who
stooped to speak or make use of elements of the Greek koine dialect.
Of course, that kind of attitude among the elite classes does not
stop his baker or lower level retainer or slave from using the
somewhat simpler and more "colorful" koine for everyday business.
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