What is en_US ?
billlinux at rogers.com
Thu Jun 14 01:44:18 UTC 2007
Hi Tim and Tim et al;
On Thu, 2007-06-14 at 10:46 +0930, Tim wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-06-13 at 09:37 -0700, Tim Alberts wrote:
> > Here's a thought, how about quit making up new languages and start
> > combining others.
> Well, English already does that. I don't know if others adopt words
> from other languages, like it does. I wasn't aware of there actually
> being new languages developed, other than colloquial jargon.
> > It's a global society and it'd sure be nice if we all spoke the same
> > language. Being American I vote for English (because I don't want to
> > learn something new), but honestly, I don't care if it's
> > Spanish, French, Chinese, Russion, Arabic, pig latin, or something
> > completely new (that is efficient and makes sense).
> Sure it'd be nice, but I can't see it happening. It's all politics.
> It's going to be years, maybe centuries, if ever, before we all speak
> human. ;-)
If the King of the World were to declare tomorrow that from now on there
would only be one language and we all would get a universal dictionary
on our birthday, it might look like he, the King and Tim, had
accomplished their goal.
I guarantee you within a year individuals words, even if spelt and
pronounced the same everywhere, would begin to take on contextual
meanings, and, cultural, political and historical nuances. Within a
generation we would all be saying "Whaaat?' to each other and within a
century there would be at least a thousand new proto-languages.
Words from the original universal language would retain universal
meanings for global purposes and people would develop local meanings for
local purposes. Unfortunately most our knowledge of any subject is
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