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(Neosophistry Times)   This is a literally epic essay about linguistic inflation. It's seriously awesome, and an incredible totally genius classic   (macmillandictionaryblog.com) divider line 45
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2012-07-08 01:54:24 PM  
that was the most awesome thing ive ever seen in my whole life.

not really. but it's true.
 
2012-07-08 02:52:02 PM  
For centuries linguists and other angry citizens have been writing to their editors in order to complain about some degradation or other of the language. When words such as "ain't", or "between you and I" start becoming more commonplace, the linguists pick up their pens and claim that it's the end of the English language as we know it.

And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever. It's good to educate yourself and understand your own usage preferences, but for everything else just chill the f*ck out, 'cause no amount of complaining ain't gonna change nothing.
 
2012-07-08 03:18:06 PM  
www.macmillandictionaryblog.com

I want a sandwich now
 
2012-07-08 03:24:56 PM  
You mean people have a natural tendency to exaggerate? I haven't heard such frivolous nonsense since I drive to the supermarket last week and was pulled over by a cop and she turned out to be a supermodel researching a role and she was all over me like white on rice.
 
2012-07-08 03:27:42 PM  
I literally died when I read that. I got better.
 
2012-07-08 03:33:25 PM  
This is, literally, the worst thing happening in the Universe.
 
2012-07-08 03:46:44 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: This is, literally, the worst thing happening in the Universe.


Hyperbole is the best thing ever!

Good read. Thanks subs.
 
2012-07-08 03:49:01 PM  

DeltaPunch: For centuries linguists and other angry citizens have been writing to their editors in order to complain about some degradation or other of the language. When words such as "ain't", or "between you and I" start becoming more commonplace, the linguists pick up their pens and claim that it's the end of the English language as we know it.

And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever. It's good to educate yourself and understand your own usage preferences, but for everything else just chill the f*ck out, 'cause no amount of complaining ain't gonna change nothing.


You're just begging the question. Supposably, languages should evolve.
 
2012-07-08 03:56:20 PM  

DeltaPunch: For centuries linguists and other angry citizens have been writing to their editors in order to complain about some degradation or other of the language. When words such as "ain't", or "between you and I" start becoming more commonplace, the linguists pick up their pens and claim that it's the end of the English language as we know it.

And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever. It's good to educate yourself and understand your own usage preferences, but for everything else just chill the f*ck out, 'cause no amount of complaining ain't gonna change nothing.


Grammarians =!= linguists.

Linguists understand that language changes, and that slang/colloquial speech are necessary to that change. There are a few who rail against language "degradation" (such as John McWhorter), but most in the field consider slang and colloquial speech as a fact, not as something to be feared or complained about. In fact, slang, phatic speech, and colloquialism are major areas of study in linguistics. It's the prescriptivist grammarians who are the ones whacking your knuckles for saying ain't or confusing who and whom.

\linguist
 
2012-07-08 04:06:57 PM  

GypsyJoker: \linguist


But are you cunning?
 
2012-07-08 04:07:51 PM  

DeltaPunch: And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever. It's good to educate yourself and understand your own usage preferences, but for everything else just chill the f*ck out, 'cause no amount of complaining ain't gonna change nothing.


Regardless of the value of pedantic garmarians, the above seem squite clearly false. I have no doubt that many linguistic changes were prevented by people insisting on common usages. You really think if there wren't a whole network of school teachers telling people what's "right" and "wrong" that we would be talking the exact same way? I have no doubt if zero people ever complained about improper usage, that many words would have changed meaning.
 
2012-07-08 04:08:51 PM  
I wish there actually were a publication called the "Neosophistry Times". That would be the best thing ever.
 
2012-07-08 04:13:46 PM  
Office of Circumloction?
 
2012-07-08 04:20:47 PM  

MoronLessOff: GypsyJoker: \linguist

But are you cunning?


Mais oui. Aбсолютно.
 
2012-07-08 04:25:55 PM  

Bill Frist: I have no doubt if zero people ever complained about improper usage, that many words would have changed meaning.


That could be true, but zero change is a very difficult thing to prove. On the other hand whenever a definitive usage change occurred, you can bet that somebody, at some point, undoubtedly complained about it. That's all I was saying.
 
2012-07-08 04:29:39 PM  
I'm sorry, I'm too busy checking out that smoking hot 34-year-old female teacher that was linked here recently.
 
2012-07-08 04:33:07 PM  

Pharmdawg: You mean people have a natural tendency to exaggerate? I haven't heard such frivolous nonsense since I drive to the supermarket last week and was pulled over by a cop and she turned out to be a supermodel researching a role and she was all over me like white on rice.


Is that you, Sir Psycho Sexy?
 
2012-07-08 04:49:04 PM  

DeltaPunch: And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever.


That's demonstratably not true. I'm not saying the "linguistically concerned" typically get their wishes but, like most cultural factors, it does have some influence. Many, many dialectal innovations have been lost due to educating kids in a standard dialect.
 
2012-07-08 04:51:31 PM  
born_yesterday: You're just begging the question.Supposably, Supposively, languages should evolve.

FTFY
 
2012-07-08 05:00:00 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: born_yesterday: You're just begging the question. Supposably, Supposively, Supposedly languages should evolve.

FTFY


FTFY
 
2012-07-08 05:10:39 PM  

LrdPhoenix: Barricaded Gunman: born_yesterday: You're just begging the question. Supposably, Supposively, Supposedly Supposically languages should evolve.

FTFY

FTFY


FTFY
 
2012-07-08 05:11:51 PM  
That was moderately underwhelming.
 
2012-07-08 05:21:04 PM  
When i was growing up, it was referred to as simply exaggeration. But over time, the term has lost its effectiveness and now you have to say "Linguistic inflation" to make it seem cooler. If there was only a way to describe what happened to the word exaggeration.
 
2012-07-08 05:21:50 PM  
That was an awesome article!

/like a hotdog
 
2012-07-08 05:28:55 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: born_yesterday: You're just begging the question.Supposably, Supposively, languages should evolve.

Supposedly


FTFY

 
2012-07-08 05:28:58 PM  
At first, I was, like, oh muh gah! Then she was, like, oh I'm so sher! Then, I was, like, totally, y'know, as if! So, then she was, like, duh, what-ever! And I was, like, waay! Then she was, like, gag me with a spoon! And I was, like, oh muh gah again!

Fer sher!
 
2012-07-08 05:30:37 PM  
This thread is sick
 
2012-07-08 05:39:15 PM  

aerojockey: DeltaPunch: And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever.

That's demonstratably not true. I'm not saying the "linguistically concerned" typically get their wishes but, like most cultural factors, it does have some influence. Many, many dialectal innovations have been lost due to educating kids in a standard dialect.


Did they get lost because of an academic force, or because they simply never caught on? I'm sure there are plenty of dialectal innovations that have disappeared, but how many have specifically disappeared as the result of grammarians rattling their sabres?
 
2012-07-08 06:08:06 PM  
That was the worst article I've ever read, a real Galactus of awfulness, a literal shiatfest of interstellar proportions. Hitler wrote better than this. In fact, if this article only caused the death of 6 million Jews, I'd consider it a near miss for the rest of us.
 
2012-07-08 07:03:04 PM  

DeltaPunch: aerojockey: DeltaPunch: And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever.

That's demonstratably not true. I'm not saying the "linguistically concerned" typically get their wishes but, like most cultural factors, it does have some influence. Many, many dialectal innovations have been lost due to educating kids in a standard dialect.

Did they get lost because of an academic force, or because they simply never caught on? I'm sure there are plenty of dialectal innovations that have disappeared, but how many have specifically disappeared as the result of grammarians rattling their sabres?


Ben Franklin freed Americans from superfluous double letters and beat the "u"
 
2012-07-08 07:10:11 PM  

Fano: DeltaPunch: aerojockey: DeltaPunch: And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever.

That's demonstratably not true. I'm not saying the "linguistically concerned" typically get their wishes but, like most cultural factors, it does have some influence. Many, many dialectal innovations have been lost due to educating kids in a standard dialect.

Did they get lost because of an academic force, or because they simply never caught on? I'm sure there are plenty of dialectal innovations that have disappeared, but how many have specifically disappeared as the result of grammarians rattling their sabres?

Ben Franklin freed Americans from superfluous double letters and beat the "u"


But nothing will ever free us from the bizarre combination of Germanic and Latin grammar/vocabulary.
 
2012-07-08 07:29:24 PM  

ChubbyTiger: Fano: DeltaPunch: aerojockey: DeltaPunch: And every single time, they lose. No change or gradual shift in language usage has EVER been thwarted by the threats of the linguistically concerned. Ever.

That's demonstratably not true. I'm not saying the "linguistically concerned" typically get their wishes but, like most cultural factors, it does have some influence. Many, many dialectal innovations have been lost due to educating kids in a standard dialect.

Did they get lost because of an academic force, or because they simply never caught on? I'm sure there are plenty of dialectal innovations that have disappeared, but how many have specifically disappeared as the result of grammarians rattling their sabres?

Ben Franklin freed Americans from superfluous double letters and beat the "u"

But nothing will ever free us from the bizarre combination of Germanic and Latin grammar/vocabulary.


The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that the English language is as pure as a crib-house whore. It not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary."
― James Nicoll
 
2012-07-08 07:30:48 PM  
Is it possible that what's happening in the world is actually more amazing/terrible than ever?
 
2012-07-08 09:08:36 PM  
That is hilarious
 
2012-07-08 09:14:56 PM  
truly
 
2012-07-08 09:59:01 PM  

beantowndog: I literally died when I read that. I got better.


roflol
 
2012-07-08 10:04:42 PM  

aerojockey: LrdPhoenix: Barricaded Gunman: born_yesterday: You're just begging the question. Supposably, Supposively, Supposedly Supposically Suppository languages should evolve.

FTFY

FTFY

FTFY


FTFY
 
2012-07-08 10:14:07 PM  
Came to this thread looking for a link to Victor Borge's "Inflationary Language" bit. Leaving disappointed.
 
2012-07-08 11:44:06 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Came to this thread looking for a link to Victor Borge's "Inflationary Language" bit. Leaving disappointed.


Also came here looking for it. Leaving happy thanks to you.
 
2012-07-08 11:47:52 PM  

Miss Stein: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Came to this thread looking for a link to Victor Borge's "Inflationary Language" bit. Leaving disappointed.

Also came here looking for it. Leaving happy thanks to you.


Glad to be of serrrrrviccceee.
 
2012-07-09 12:48:58 AM  
It's just bullshytt...
 
2012-07-09 12:50:54 AM  
I just want people to stop saying epic. It's overused and makes you sound stupid.
 
2012-07-09 12:53:06 AM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Came to this thread looking for a link to Victor Borge's "Inflationary Language" bit. Leaving disappointed.


Also disappointed this wasn't in the first few posts.

/ have it on VHS
// get off my lawn
 
2012-07-09 05:29:47 AM  

Squik2: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Came to this thread looking for a link to Victor Borge's "Inflationary Language" bit. Leaving disappointed.

Also disappointed this wasn't in the first few posts


Same here. Remember seeing him do this live.
 
2012-07-09 10:46:29 AM  
Link

Well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer the doctor my most enthusiastic contrafibularities.

/Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericumbobulation.
 
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