benjamin on Sat, 25 Aug 2007 16:43:37 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> language virus

On 24 Aug 2007, at 22:33, David Mandl wrote:

> Hi Keith--
> I don't see anything special about that phrase. I think it's just
> one example of a well-known (and growing) phenomenon where people
> choose an obscure, wordy, pretentious, or impressive-sounding (usually
> Latinate) phrase in preference to a simple (usually Anglo- Saxon)
> one.

as a writer, (self-proclaimed) student of linguistics and english
teacher i would have to fully agree. something which could be
considered - the general tendency in british english, towards reducing
verbal communication towards an absolute minimum. as opposed to the
intellectual disposition.

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