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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Forcing a Germanic language into a Latin mould

I've written before about the silliness of trying to force English, a Germanic language, to conform to Latinate grammar rules. Here is a splended example of what can happen when one refuses to budge --
Buchanan's War ... By then – the 1930s – even most French and British pols had concluded that they were too harsh by far, so when Hitler skilfully reclaimed territory occupied mostly by German speakers who desired to live in a restored Germany, there was no wholehearted opposition. Not until Prague, that is, as Pat Buchanan shows; that was the turning point, on March 15th, 1939. Prague was not a Germanic city. Its part of Czechoslovakia was taken as a conquest by Hitler, and that was something up with which British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain did not feel able to put. ...