[PLUG-TALK] the predicate nominative (was Re: [PLUG] OT - grammar checkers.)
alan at clueserver.org
Wed Oct 27 13:37:19 PDT 2004
On Wed, 27 Oct 2004, GLL wrote:
> : g> 'That' and 'which' also imply ...
> : So, you're point here is that because one English rule is nonsensical,
> : then it's OK for another rule to be nonsensical? [grin]
> Not *here* but further below. Language defines culture and vice versa, in a
> feedback loop. Societies add precision of meaning where their cultures need
> to make distintions, and simplify lexicon and grammar where distintions are
> not important. Since the heritage of English includes major aspects of
> classical Western philosophy, deconstucting this (as is the vogue of
> post-Hippie decades) includes accidentally or deliberately destroying vast
> machinery in our very language. I simply refuse to participate, because in
> doing so one must speak and write like an ignorant rube.
How else are you going to become President?
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