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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    WHO CARES?
    interesting. It seems i do not care, yet still replied. I don't even care to reply to this yet here i am, typing away in a direction none of my interest, but nonetheless, still typing. The motive eludes me,
    1+1=3 OMFG

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    Plethora, that's a nice word. I like the sound of it.
    Indeed! I like it too. And the cool thing about English is that for anyone who doesn't like the word, they can choose one of many synonyms such as myriad, multitude, profusion, abundance, and glut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle View Post
    Indeed! I like it too. And the cool thing about English is that for anyone who doesn't like the word, they can choose one of many synonyms such as myriad, multitude, profusion, abundance, and glut.
    OMG, myriad, multitude, profusion, abundance, and glut... that is like word porn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munchies View Post
    interesting. It seems i do not care, yet still replied. I don't even care to reply to this yet here i am, typing away in a direction none of my interest, but nonetheless, still typing. The motive eludes me,
    You type because of compulsion. Compulsion is created by anxiety.

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    Two examples come to mind: the simplification of the English language in the book 1984, and the simple English Wikipedia. One is probably regarded as negative and 'dumbing-down' the language, and one is probably regarded as positive by making ideas more accessible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle View Post
    One of the strengths of English is its dynamism and versatility. I think the plethora of words is a positive, not a negative.
    There's this, yeah.

    A diverse set of words is great because it helps us get across our thoughts and ideas more accurately. But then.. if people don't know what those words mean, the message might be lost. I think, practically, the former outweighs the latter. It's often easier to listen to someone with an extensive vocabulary than to use an extensive vocabulary anyway.

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    Smile American English and the Queen's English

    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    Two examples come to mind: the simplification of the English language in the book 1984, and the simple English Wikipedia.
    Of course it was the American revolutionary Noah Webster who simplified the Queen's English into American English. That is why Americans today insist on the simplified spelling of Noah Webster in his American Webster's Dictionary.

    So why don't we all adopt American simplified spelling?

    It is because Webster's aim was to cut Americans off from the history of the Queen's English. And all Noah Webster succeeded in doing is devaluing history and devaluing the Queen's English.

    And as we celebrate the sixtieth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, I impore you to throw away your American Webster's Dictionary and embrace the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), now online.

    If you won't do it for yourself, do it for me, your online friend and mentor, sometime antagonist, the quiet Australian, friend of all and enemy of none, except you-know-who, yes you, you know who you are, and you know what you must do with your Webster's dictionary to earn your own self respect, and not only know one million words in English, but know how to spell them as well. Is that too much to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    Plethora, that's a nice word. I like the sound of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Of course it was the American revolutionary Noah Webster who simplified the Queen's English into American English. That is why Americans today insist on the simplified spelling of Noah Webster in his American Webster's Dictionary.

    So why don't we all adopt American simplified spelling?

    It is because Webster's aim was to cut Americans off from the history of the Queen's English. And all Noah Webster succeeded in doing is devaluing history and devaluing the Queen's English.

    And as we celebrate the sixtieth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, I impore you to throw away your American Webster's Dictionary and embrace the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), now online.

    If you won't do it for yourself, do it for me, your online friend and mentor, sometime antagonist, the quiet Australian, friend of all and enemy of none, except you-know-who, yes you, you know who you are, and you know what you must do with your Webster's dictionary to earn your own self respect, and not only know one million words in English, but know how to spell them as well. Is that too much to ask?
    Man, Victor; you are asking a lot out of poor ol' me!

    It's a damn shame that we in America have been so violently separated from our roots because of the actions of one man. It is part of a trend; ties with the British empire were severed when this nation was birthed, and we quickly worked to establish our own identity, separate from that of the empire that we saw as intolerable and evil.

    As such, we Americans have tended to value our own way of doing things--our own spellings, our own systems of measurement, our conservatism. If we are to learn to communicate with the rest of the world, we ought to let our narcissistic tendencies go and become one with the world again.

    What you ask of me is a difficult task, for sure. I am but one man. Sadly, I am not synonymous with my country.

    But I will do it for you, my dear friend, if it means that we will be able to communicate more strongly with one another.

    Have I mastered Victor-ese, or do I need to consult a dictionary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    The other day we discovered we have one million words in English.
    The average person's vocabulary is 5% this at best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuchIrony View Post
    The average person's vocabulary is 5% this at best.
    We perceive by making distinctions. And the more distinctions, the more we see.

    And as each word is a distinction, the more words we use, the more we see.

    And the best way to see more is to read widely and deeply.

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