QUOTE(TheRainbowConnection @ Jun 3 2007, 02:30 PM) [snapback]549524[/snapback]
Just accept that languages trend toward ease of use over time. People are collectively lazy, and if there's an easier way of doing something, they'll figure out how.
As for language, so for....a whole lot of things. You make a very good point, here. The nature of a language is less of a strict system then some might believe.
@GothGirl - A wide vocabulary doesn't necessarily make
you intelligent. It merely makes you seem
that way. Many people use words simply because they think they sound good, in order to dress up their meaning with words longer then a few syllables. This tells us only that said people know how to use a dictionary, and is no indication of their actual 'intelligence'.
From one perspective, the use of language is all about playing a role, fitting the suitable words to any one situation. Look at what a good actor can do with language to make an audience believe what they're hearing. To an extent, the same applies in real life.