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#215124 - 03/04/12 05:57 PM The Noble English Language
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Since hysteria about illegal immigration (one of the perennial and traditional favorites of the many, many forms of American hysteria) is once again turning Americans into chickens with their heads cut off, here is a posting right in tune with it.
One cannot be too alarmed by all the non-Germanic words that have crept or forced their way into the Noble English Language. This is a link to a well-know essay by Poul Anderson which struggles valiantly to stem the decay rotting of our Folk Tongue.

UNCLEFTISH BEHOLDING

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For most of its being, mankind did not know what things are made of, but could only guess. With the growth of worldken, we began to learn, and today we have a beholding of stuff and work that watching bears out, both in the workstead and in daily life.
The underlying kinds of stuff are the "firststuffs", which link together in sundry ways to give rise to the rest. Formerly we knew of ninety-two firststuffs, from waterstuff, the lightest and barest, to ymirstuff, the heaviest....
The firststuffs have their being as motes called "unclefts".
These are mighty small; one seedweight of waterstuff holds a tale of them like unto two followed by twenty-two naughts. Most unclefts link together to make what are called "bulkbits". Thus, the waterstuff bulkbit bestands of two waterstuff unclefts, the sourstuff bulkbit of two sourstuff unclefts, and so on.

"uncleftish beholding" -- atomic theory
"worldken" -- science
"stuff and work" -- matter and energy
"workstead" -- workplace ["place", soothlike, is an inrusher from Greek!!]
"firststuff" -- element
"waterstuff" -- hydrogen
"ymirstuff" -- uranium
"mote" -- particle
"seedweight" -- mole
"tale" -- number ["number" is a border-jumper from Latin]
"bulkbit" -- molecule
"sourstuff" -- oxygen
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#215127 - 03/04/12 06:33 PM Re: The Noble English Language [Re: numan]
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At first is was thought that the uncleft was a hard thing that could be split no further; hence the name. Now we know it is made up of lesser motes. There is a heavy "kernel" with a forward
bernstonish lading, and around it one or more light motes with backward ladings. The least uncleft is that of ordinary waterstuff. Its kernel is a lone forwardladen mote called a "firstbit". Outside it is a backwardladen mote called a "bernstonebit". The firstbit has a heaviness about 1840-fold that of the bernstonebit. Early worldken folk thought bernstonebits swing around the kernel like the earth around the sun, but now we understand they are more like waves or clouds.
In all other unclefts are found other motes as well, about as heavy as the firstbit but with no lading, known as "neitherbits". We know a kind of waterstuff with one neitherbit in the kernel
along with the firstbit; another kind has two neitherbits. Both kinds are seldom.

"kernel" -- nucleus
"forward bernstonish lading" -- positive electrical charge
"backward lading" -- negative charge
"firstbit" -- proton
"bernstonebit" -- electron
"neitherbit" -- neutron
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