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Posted by SteveS 2012-08-25 09:11||
#2 Luckily for us, SteveS, Fred isn't. ;-p
Posted by Barbara 2012-08-25 09:44||
#3 My favorite linguistic theory is that Latin so over-developed and extended applications of its ablative case that disgusted barbarians, attempting to master it, simply gave up & use the ablative for EVERYTHING, which then created the Romance languages, where all nouns tend to end in "o" or "a".
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-08-25 10:53||
#4 This theory tends to take credit for any language that might have borrowed a common word from another which is somewhat dodgy. English borrows from everyone, thus every other language can claim the birthplace of English. Is bonsai common? What about Siesta? Certainly common enough that teens don't need to look either up.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-08-25 11:58||