Originally Posted by Gregg
I guess that's the attitude that results in the dumbing down of language. People who don't care are annoyed by those that do care. Oh well. The reverse is also true.
1700 years ago people were dumbing-down Latin. It became, among others, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian. Darn.
Roman colonies in Brittania had some impact on the Old English, which then became Middle English.
The French invaded the same place in 1066 and the courts of England came to speak French. Eventually, this rubbed off and we came into Modern English.
So if Latin and French weren't dumbed down, English wouldn't even exist. Blow me.