Re: US-ASCII (was: Re: Invalid UTF-8 sequences)

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Fri Dec 10 2004 - 19:38:12 CST

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    At 12:50 PM 12/10/2004, Kenneth Whistler wrote:
    >Tim Greenwood asked:
    > > > ... a perfectly normal linguistic process of
    > > > attributive disambiguation of a term which had grown ambiguous
    > > > in usage.
    > >
    > > Is that like the 'Please RSVP' that I see all too often? Or should
    > > that not be excused?
    >*grins* Well, technically, that is not a case of attributive
    >disambiguation, but rather ignorant redundancy.
    >On the other hand, for many English speakers, "RSVP" is simply
    >learned as an unanalyzed verb, pronounced "aressveepee", meaning
    >"send a response to this message". And to castigate such speakers
    >for politely prepending a "please" to that verb is a little
    >too much, don't you think?

    Other examples of apparent redundancy, are

    Cakes -> Keks (German), plural Kekse

    Baby -> bebis (Swedish), plural bebissar

    and there are many more such examples.


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