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Posted: 06 December 2011 05:02 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Dennis Baron gets satirical.

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Posted: 30 December 2011 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading that piece, thanks for posting it! I especially like the relatively short list of burger names. And there is a lot of truth to the remark about a lot of directions now being in pictures instead of English. And the part about the Eskimo words for snow is humorous. Check out The Eskimos’ Hundred Words for Snow at http://tinyurl.com/7ta2pd2 or http://www.mendosa.com/snow.html

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Posted: 30 December 2011 01:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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the language could disappear in less than three generations, or perhaps they meant to say fewer?

McKean’s law lives!

Regarding words for snow, I’ve always loved the cartoon on the cover of Dave’s book.

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Posted: 30 December 2011 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Went to the link for the Queen’s English Society. This should get LH’s hackles up:

The QES is by nature a prescriptivist organisation, because to adopt a wholly descriptivist approach, would render our existence to be meaningless. Put very simply, we refuse as a nation to adopt the word ‘sidewalk’ when there is already a perfectly good word — pavement, nicely settled in our language.

They’re there to help, by the way.

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Posted: 30 December 2011 09:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Is QES for real or some kind of elaborate inside joke.

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Posted: 31 December 2011 07:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Oecolampadius - 30 December 2011 01:35 PM

because to adopt a wholly descriptivist approach, would render our existence to be meaningless.

Well, that’s two errors - comma after “approach”, “render ... to be meaningless” - any descriptivist, let alone prescriptivist, would say were wrong in any dialect of English.

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Posted: 31 December 2011 07:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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The QES is obviously an elaborate English joke - probably by University students or some such.

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Posted: 01 January 2012 04:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Or the inane ravings of the uninformed.  Poe’s Law in action.

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Posted: 01 January 2012 04:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I agree that it’s a case of Poe’s Law. I can’t figure out if they’re for real or not.

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Posted: 01 January 2012 07:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Well either they are very clever or very crazy, so hats off, one way or the other.

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