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  •  Definitely true. (1+ / 0-)
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    I mean the obvious one there is pig meat. It's pork because in Norman French that meant pig meat. So the classy people were eating French pig meat, and that's what stuck. Same with beef. Sure, still eating cow meat, but bouef was the classy term.

    Not sure why chicken didn't make that transition, actually.

    And no, they're none of them optimal languages. They are all human and all have their great humanity and along with that the human flaws.

    I wouldn't say that English is more creative, per se. It is willing to give a lot of flexibility that other languages discourage, though, and therefore evolves relatively quickly.

    Even if you go back to America in mid-20th Century, there are quite noticeable differences in speech patterns. Maybe that is true in other languages, but there seems to be more resistance.

    by Magenta on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:31:14 PM PST

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