22265Re: [mythsoc] Re: language change
- Apr 27, 2011On 4/27/2011 1:36 PM, Margaret L. Carter wrote:
> <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
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
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