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Re: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx‏



2011/11/5 Scott <hmwh@comcast.net>:

> The reason French is not the universal language is because the French
> Academe frowns on absorbing words from other languages, and probably frowns
> as you do on metaphoric usages, whereas English, broad sloppy language that
> it is, happily admits words from everywhere and welcomes usages with
> metaphoric abandon, which is why it has some pretensions to being a
> universal language.

I would say French is not the universal language and English is just
because the British empire was able to defeat and expand more than the
French between the XVIII-XIX centuries.