- I'm not a professional linguist but I do love etymology. However, whether not not a range of language or language-use causes some groups of people to feel excluded or demeaned is not at all related to etymology and I think all you guys actually do know that. Yes, some of your jokes about words including man and the deameaning diminutive -ling are very funny, and I did laugh at them. Though I am a mere female.However, the desire for inclusive language stems from the fact that what you say can control what you think. (I don't really need to tell you any of this either - you've all read 1984.) There is nothing wrong with the words; humanity, humankind, mortals - and there are few situations/texts in which they are not acceptable or appropriate. In spite of all the years women have been fighting exclusive attitudes (aimed at them by men and by other women) there is still contempt, hatred and vicious treatment going on all over the world. Women suffer and die under this treatment. Words carry attitudes with them as well as their original connotations and denotations.I just wanted to break into this ongoing giggle-fest with a rather strongly held opinion. Thanks for hearing me.from Sue
- Re: translating the finite into the infinite
> But it's so worth trying.Nice, David. I think I'm going to post this phrase in my workspace. :-)
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: sraddha@...
>> Sometimes I wonder, when I'm frustrated with my writing, if it's
>> because I'm trying to put something infinite (from the Source of
>> inspiration) into a finite form -- limited by language, medium, and my
>> own ability to 'translate'.
> That's it exactly. Whatever is Out There is infinite, and we're
> just trying to chip off a small piece and pull it into this universe
> where we (and others) can see it. Of course it's not easy, and it
> doesn't always work. But it's so worth trying.