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Would you be allowed to work for the Oxford English Dictionary?

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Would you be allowed to work for the Oxford English Dictionary?

I was listening to the radio earlier today, and there as a discussion going on about the different attitudes that prevail in England and France on the development of their languages.
Of course the French are very protective of their language as we know (witness that French radio must include a certain percentage of pop music in French), but on interviewing a representative from the OED, I was shocked to hear that if anyone applies for a job with them, and states that they love words and the English language, then they are (in his words) quickly shown the door.  Surely these are the people we rely on to be the guardians of our language  Angry
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I heard that too, and was equally as puzzled.
On reflection, though, they perhaps would regard that person as someone, like me for example, who loves English the way it is and doesn't like to see it change.
The OED's function is not to preserve the language, in the manner of a guardian, but to reflect current usage, however distasteful it may be to people like us.
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The sooner we all speak the same language the better.
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Dunno about that, gleneagles.  I'm a big fan of Japan and Japanese but their language is fun!  The way they pronounce English words can be pretty weird, for instance, energy, they pronounce it ener gi (gi as in sounds like key) so if we all spoke the same language we'd miss out on the beauty of other languages transforming to encompass English words into every day use.  Plus if we all spoke the same language, kids in schools would not have anything to say to foreign students (usually the "what's [Language] for [Swear Word]?" - words they tend never to forget).
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Re: Would you be allowed to work for the Oxford English Dictionary?

With the education some kids get in school these days they struggle to speak even basic English let alone a foreign language but I accept the point you make, there are words in other languages that have no equivalent  in English.
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and thats another word the PC Idiots are trying to ban  Kids, they should look in a dictionary - a good one, it has always had  definition of a young person - dating back to old Norse
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Without the subtlety of the language, how could you express whether Microsoft was insidious or merely  ubiquitous?  Undecided
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Easily, it's insidiously ubiquitous!  Crazy
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Yeah yer hav to be good wiv entomology or sumthin don't yer.
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I guess that’s just the way this story goes
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Completely off topic:- but I only found out recently that (supposedly) somebody who deliberately misunderstands the meaning of words is known as an orthologist
Ornithologist = Bird Watcher
Orthologist = Word Botcher

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talking about planning ahead, just had my hair cut Cool Roll eyes Crazy
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Quote from: David
"what's [Language] for [Swear Word]?" - words they tend never to forget.

That's true. Some of the first words I learned in Gujarati are the swear words and phrases Embarrassed
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SWMBO has taught me some choice phrases in Russian Cheesy

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