Saturday, March 09, 2002

WHO ARE YOU CALLING PRIMATIVE? Did you know we are a primative culture? According to a discussion I heard yesterday on NPR's Talk of the Nation, we English-speakers are more primative than all those tribes in Papua/New Guinea because we only have one word for cousin and can't with a single word describe our exact relationship to our great-grandmother's cousin's daughter. Concern over dying languages is one of UNESCO's most recent concerns and apparently should send shivers down all our spines. For a wonderful discussion of why we shouldn't really worry, read John Miller's piece in yesterday's WSJ.

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