Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Blab! Blab! Blab! Blab! Me, Me, Me, Me
This item had to be removed because another blog site claimed it held copyright to it because it was previously published there. While this editor did not obtain the story from the complaining blog, but from another source, our attorneys do not believe it constituted copyright violation. Nevertheless it was decided to remove the item to avoid all the hassle and wasted time arguing with the editor of another site who got his or her shorts or panties in a wad over a simple little story.
The facts in the story go something like this.
English is the second most spoken language in the world. It is a very rich language, with more than a million words. But its speakers are estimated to use no more than one per cent of these words.
About a third of English words are technical terms because English has become the most commonly used language among scientists and scholars of all types.
Some individuals talk a lot more than others, some speaking up to 50,000 words a day. But about 80% of that talk is called self-talk, which means people are talking to themselves.
The original story points out that English also is the most popular Internet language. We also learn that the longest word in the world is a scientific term that consists of 207,000 letters, which is why no one ever uses it in conversation, plus it requires about 80 regular letter sized pages to type it.
Now, wasn't that a big deal to get all exercised about and make threats, which is what the other blog editor or spokesperson did. Nothing on this blog is copyrighted, which is the way it ought to be. Copyright is just another legalized form of censorship.
Oh, by the way, the two illustrations were placed there by me and were not part of the original story, which was sort of drab.