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11 January 2010

Losing Languages on One Hand and On the Other...


Here is a piece I heard yesterday (Sunday) a.m., on NPR's Living On Earth, which I am glad to be able to share.

Again, it is about language, how a living language grows and how others die. "Cromulent" reminds me of "Frindle," meaning a "pen" and the book by Andrew Clement. Just like a fact is an widely accepted idea, so a real word is a term in widely accepted usage -- disputed by scientists, purists and other -ists, but fundamentally true.
And, look, I can scarcely believe it; the book has been translated and published in the Chinese language!

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