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22266Re: [mythsoc] Re: language change

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  • Mike Foster
    Apr 27, 2011
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      I am, at best, merely an amateur philologist, and certainly no firearms specialist, but a much needed Invention is Apostrophe Insert/Delete Paintball Rifle for billboards that say “Its special!  Mom’s and dad’s breakfast for $4.99!  Kid’s eat free!’”
      This would be especially for travelling from Illinois to Georgia and back.
      And heck.  Once you’re south of Clarksville, no one notices if you roll down a window and poke out a gun barrel.
      Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 6:28 PM
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: language change

      On 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
      two jobs.


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