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    Unhappy Too Many

    The other day we discovered we have one million words in English.

    Yes, the digital computer has made it possible to count the total number of English words in use today, and the answer came back at first as 42, but the computer apologised and said it had been working on the meaning of life all day and it had got confused but wait a minute and we will have the number of English words in use today - and the answer was not 42 but one million.

    And just as Emperor Joseph II complained, "Too many notes, my dear Mozart", it seems there are too many words in English today.

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    But wasn't Joseph wrong about Mozart?
    "The only time I'm wrong is when I'm questioning myself."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    But wasn't Joseph wrong about Mozart?
    You are not suggesting, my dear Haight, that the Emperor was wrong; you aren't actually suggesting that the Emperor has no clothes?

    Too many notes adds up to too many words in any language, musical or even the English language.

    Let me get personal, Haight, and ask you, do you command one million words, or, if the truth be told, do one million words command you?

    Do you speak the words or do the words speak you?

    Surely we can cut the English language down to size and make it behave like any normal language.

    I think we should refer this matter to the moderators.

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    The only thing that has too many words is your post.

    The analogy in your OP was contradictory. Outside of that, we're in agreement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haight View Post
    The analogy in your OP was contradictory. Outside of that, we're in agreement.
    Rather than being contradictory, the analogy in my OP was ironical.

    That is, it was a blatant, open contradiction that said the opposite of what was being said. This is called irony.

    And all a writer needs is imagination, solitude and irony.

    And I don't seek agreement with you or anyone else, rather I seek to elicit a creative response.

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    thats a lot of words, but how much more unnamed concepts are there? answer= infinity. There is not enough words
    1+1=3 OMFG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    and the answer came back at first as 42
    Yay!
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    WHO CARES?

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    One of the strengths of English is its dynamism and versatility. I think the plethora of words is a positive, not a negative.
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    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.
    Plethora, that's a nice word. I like the sound of it.

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