At 10:50 PM 7/26/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> > At 12:58 PM 7/26/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> > >Spike Jones wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hey cool, Im like Shakespeare!
> > > >
> > > > Except he could write and I suck. Actually Shakespeare's
> > > > *real* genius was in making a story just by stringing together
> > > > a bunch of famous sayings... spike
> > >
> > >But Spike EVERYBODY talked like that back then, forsooth. Its a pretty
> > >progression from Chaucer to Shakespeare to the present day that the
> grammar of
> > >the english language is devolving to some point in the future of pure
> > >gutteral.
> > i think it's not really "devolving" as such, it's just that we live in a
> > much more global environment than there was in Shakespeare's time, so the
> > languages have had to become more flexible, and have assimilated more of
> > the other languages than they did in the olden times. in another 100 years,
> > i think we'll have probably 1-2 major languages instead of the 3 we have
> > now, (Hindu, French, and English, IIRC) ofc, the words will be totally
> > different than now as well. when was the last time (outside of Amish
> > country or church anyway ;) that you heard someone say Thou, or Thee?
>Actually, Chinese, Hindi, English, Spanish, in that order, are the
>dominant languages, counting only those using as their primary language.
>English is the most widely spoken language, counting both primary and
man, I have no idea how Chinese slipped my mind.
>There are now more people in China that speak English than English
>speakers in the US.
I don't know if i should find this funny, or scary.
Adam "Gryphin" Budda
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