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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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai - attribution
by jabbotts on Mon 26th Oct 2009 15:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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That attributes (assumes maybe?) that the actions of the French Academy are supported by all french speaking people. Perision, Quebequa; The French Academy has your back. I suspect it's more a matter of the academy puritans doing what they can while the actual use evolves with or without them.

I see a similar struggle between those who know the correct history and usage of the word Hacker versus mass media's purly criminal portrayal based on a minority of information security enthusiasts within the sub-culture. The popularized use falls far short of the meaning and culture the word represents. Perhaps it provides some sympathy for the French Academy.

The other thing that amuses me is remembering that French was the dominant language in europe for a while. More so to think that English was actively hunted yet resulted in becoming the currently dominant language.

Also that someone today wouldn't have a clue what was being said if hearing 200 year old english spoken properly or french for that matter. Pronunciation alone has changed drastically.

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