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22260Re: language change

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  • Margaret L. Carter
    Apr 27, 2011
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      <There's a hit list of some pretty good words, some of which are outmoded 
      already and some that are on their way out

      And the adverb groups where / whence / wither, there / thence / thither, and here / hence / hither. They elegantly indicated position or motion to or from; now they're relegated to archaism.

      I don't think there's anything necessarily Orwellian going on, though. Language typically gets simplified over the centuries by the dropping of less-used forms.

      Margaret Carter
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