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Shorts [Jun. 28th, 2019|12:45 pm]
Tony Grist
1. "Rats" is "star" spelled backwards.

2. The best language is the one with the most words in it. So that would probably be English. French lost the chance of being the best language when it decided to submit itself to an academy. Nothing depresses a language like having a committee of old men passing judgement on every word and phrase. English nearly went that way in the 18th century- but luckily, instead of an academy, it had Dr Johnson- who was in possession of a sense of humour.

3. I've come to the conclusion that the finest poem in the English language is this:

I had a little nut tree
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear.
The King of Spain's daughter
Came to visit me
And all the the sake of
My little nut tree

I danced over water,
I skipped over sea
And all the birds in the air
Couldn't catch me.

4. We Brits will know we've come of age when we stop naming Winston Churchill as our greatest ever. Churchill was a genius but also an elitist, a racist, a reactionary and a bloodthirsty goon. He is not what we should want to be in the 21st century.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-06-28 02:32 pm (UTC)
I believe the poem is a nursery rhyme?

The Royal Spanish Academy of the language is quite dynamic and admits that so many words in common use, no matter where they came from, should be recognized as valid. They have moved away from stodginess as regards grammar as well. I think the French are much less given to change.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-28 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a nursery rhyme.

I think academies are wrong in principle. You can't control a language from above. Languages are organic. They cross-pollinate. New words and usages are coming up all the time- and some stick and some don't.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-06-28 02:46 pm (UTC)
I don't much like the academies myself and in the end, people will speak as they will. But I do think the Spanish Academy is way more dynamic than the French. I am a linguist by profession so that sort of thing gets my attention.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-28 02:51 pm (UTC)
Well, if you absolutely have to have an Academy let it be as unacademic as possible.

My ideal academy would render itself redundant by letting everything through.
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