Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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by Kroc on Sun 25th Oct 2009 14:38 UTC
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Well written Thom, thank you. Nice to see an opinion piece on OSnews that isn’t directly related to someone else’s RSS feed. This is what OSnews needs.

As for the point—Apple have a legal requirement to protect their brand. As far as I’m aware, there’s no legal precidant to protect the current form of any language, except perhaps for the school curriculum, but then you hardly get people up in court for crimes against language.

Interesting factlet—the Hebrew language barely changed at all during the period of the formation of Israel and the beginning of the writing of the Bible until Israel were cut off by the Roman invasion 1500 years later. Essentially since the Holy texts were a core part of their culture and studied at all ages, it acted as a central reference point for the language and prevented wild deviation that would of alienated people from the text.

Sometimes languages have to change, and sometimes they don’t need to. In the case of Apple, they did their changing during the 90’s—now they want to keep things the way they are; Microsoft are in the exact opposite position. It’s all quite odd.

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