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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Uhm, why would you need a 180?
by phoenix on Mon 26th Oct 2009 01:56 UTC
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"Which type of person has more confidence in the strength and resilience of his culture and language - someone who feels threatened by outside influences, or someone who doesn't?

You might need to make a few 180s in your brain, but the answer is someone who doesn't.

Uhm, what? Why would you need a 180? If you are confident in your position, you don't feel threatened. If you feel threatened, you aren't confident. How is that some great revelation? It's even more basic than "if the ground is wet, it's probably raining".

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