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tm prompt 258: words

What words would you like to see added to/removed from common use?

In what language?

At what point in time?

Words are only as useful or useless as their context, and there will always be words for whatever context someone wants. There is a ancient book, written on Old Earth long before they were ever able to reach space, and I cannot bring the title from my memory at this moment... but in it, the people in command had attempted to banish all words that meant evil, or bad, from use.

So instead, the people made negatives of words that had been positives, and used those in order to push across the context that was still there, no matter what attempts at banning the words had done.

Really, it's rather useless to even consider. There is no way to erase the concepts behind the words, so there is no way to erase the words themselves.

Such foolishness.

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lieutenantbunny
Dec. 21st, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
The evolution of all languages is greatly speeded by efforts to derail the common parlance of the time.
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