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... LANGUAGE ORWELL, LODGE, TRUSS, OR. Things were so simple at the start, before grammar came along and ruined things. - Lynne Truss A language is like a living organism. But with a difference. Whereas all living things have to undergo entropy or the process of decadence, language goes on and on. Many languages may die, but a good majority survives the onslaught of time. Man cannot survive without communication and language has been his best tool for it, ever reliable, ever mischievous.
To say that a language is reliable is to say the obvious. We all know the potential of language to speak what we have in mind and to speak what we do not have. It is used also to lie, to aver, to adduce, to arg...