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The Evolution Of Language And Other Wondrous Things
GothGirl
post May 27 2007, 04:37 PM
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Is anyone here aware of the fact that 'd'oh' was added to the dictionary (thanks basically due to Homer Simpson). The length of words doesn't determine how 'smart' it is. For example, gadfly is a rather short word, and a great one at that, though I doubt many people know it's meaning. The variety of words that you use makes you intelligent, not how long they are (because I can think of a couple of three year olds who can say 'supercalifragul...'...whatever Mary Poppins says).


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post May 28 2007, 08:27 PM
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In my humble opinion, languages tend to become more irregular and "simpler" over time.

Review the verb "to be" in any language and you'll see a word that has become so irregular over the years the language has been in existence. This becomes the case with many other words as well. Mostly commonly used words turn their irregular forms into regular forms creating the need to simply memorize them rather than figure them out from the word forms.

For "Simpler", I'm thinking about the transitions from:

singular
duo
plural
to
singular
plural

and similar alterations.

For those who are so chronologically arrogant to think that the english language should not pick up slang words, please pick up an ancient language some time and talk to nearly anyone who has studied language use over time.

Final words: Definitions are derived by usage not by dictionaries


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post Jun 3 2007, 06:30 AM
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QUOTE(«°~Envy™~°» @ May 26 2007, 11:28 PM) [snapback]547458[/snapback]
now if the language evolved with smarter words then that would be a jump in the right directions, not with shorter easier to say words XD

Do you think Spanish, Italian, or French are languages in the "wrong" direction? Because they're all pretty much just Latin that the local populations butchered and that eventually evolved into what we know of today. Simpler, too. (Trust me. I take Latin. We (modern people) have it easy.)

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.

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post Jun 13 2007, 08:28 AM
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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.
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