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autolycus BS:threat to English language from Americanisms (242* d) RE: BS:threat to English language from Americanisms 19 Jul 11

"The only threat to the English or any other language is to stifle its growth."

That's from one end of the spectrum.

The threat from the other is to fail to maintain standards of comprehensibility in the dash for growth; and to fail to maintain a knowledge and sense of our language's history. To do that is to help make it coherent and understandable.

The other danger of letting language grow unchecked is worsening meaning, so that, like Alice in Wonderland, words mean whatever the speaker wants them to mean; not much use to listeners/readers.

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