Re: Stroustrup's Confession (bogus?)

Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin (
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 19:39:13 +0000

> From: "Erik Moeller" <>
> >Most people can't learn second languages very well. Besides, we _have_ a
> >lingua franca already. While I never understood why they dropped Latin for
> >frogspeak -- let's stick to English, it is a simple enough language.
> It's the most popular language, but that doesn't make it the ideal one. I
> don't know enough about Esperanto to like it, but as I dig into Japanese, I
> find that it offers many advantages to other languages, with the drawback of
> unnecessary politeness verbs. (It is, in many aspects, more simple than
> English, you don't have to worry about pronouns so much.) It would be nice
> to have a language which also represents a more liberal worldview towards
> things. For example, I actually see little purpose in diferring between man
> and woman. Some Newspeak, anyone?

Don't forget that some languages have masculine, feminine, and
neuter. In German, for example, a teenage girl is neuter (obviously
invented by a father with a good imagination and not much contact
with reality).

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