[Ads-l] Query concerning the removal of "French" from "French horn" (2nd try)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 24 01:31:33 UTC 2015


On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 8:31 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu>
wrote:

> The latter question is particularly interesting. Would any of you have
> examples of vernacular speech being changed by decree/recommendation?
>
>
Well, the elimination of the double negative certainly ain't no example of
a "successful" attempt to blot nothing out of the vernacular by
decree/recommendation.

But, does he really mean the *vernacular* sense strict? Even in countries
with official academies of language, the idea is to "protect" the official,
*literary* form of the language from contamination. Nobody cares about the
vernacular.

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-Wilson
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