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22265Re: [mythsoc] Re: language change

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  • Darrell A. Martin
    Apr 27, 2011
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      On 4/27/2011 1:36 PM, Margaret L. Carter wrote:
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      > <There's a hit list of some pretty good words, some of which are outmoded
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      > already and some that are on their way out>
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      > 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.
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      > 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.
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      > Margaret Carter

      Margaret:

      Yes, language does change. Otherwise we wouldn't need philologists. And
      it is a good thing to keep those philologists employed; never know what
      they might come up with in their spare time, if they don't have to work
      two jobs.

      Darrell
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