Post by James Christophers Post by Tony
That's OK, who cares about classical education?
Incredibly short sighted, they will get rid of English literature next, after
all it has no practical value does it?
I think it's fair to say that practicality and pragmatism are the bywords of
Nw Zealand's (supposedly)"classless" way of doing and thinking - apropos of
"There you have it - did I hear more than one sharp intake of breath coming
over the fibre...?
Not from me. Nobody in this newsgroup knows what the social class of others is
(assuming it actually matters a damn). Anybody who thinks they do is at best
Post by James Christophers
"In English-speaking societies coincidences of social and linguistic history
most of the specialist and high status terminology of English is Greco-Latin in
origin and most of the less abrstract terminology is Anglo-Saxon in origin.
English in this respect, relative to other languages, has a fairly clear
boundary drawn between its everyday and its high status vocabularies. The bar
is partly a function of the historically introduced and social class-based
orderings of society that are associated with the division of labour: it
separates the lexes of the members of conservative peripheral social groups
from the dominant and high status lexicon of the language." - David Corson
during the 1980's. (ibid)
The rest of the piece repays the effort of that one mouse-click ...
Appropriated from the arabic 'falastinioum', suggesting outsiders so
irredeemably unlearned and unsocialised as to be unfit for inclusion in polite
society. A social class-marker if ever there were one, but these days
considered a mark of the bourgeois wannabe.