ruscook_oz at yahoo.com.au
Tue Jul 13 09:54:30 UTC 2010
On 13/07/10 19:44, Amedee Van Gasse (ub) wrote:
> On Tue, July 13, 2010 01:32, Patton Echols wrote:
>> Res wrote:
>>> On Mon, 12 Jul 2010, Amedee Van Gasse wrote:
>>> <snipped many pages of irrelevance>
>>>> language. In Dutch we have two words:
>>>> "gezin" = the small family group that you live with in the same house
>>>> "familie" = the group of all your relatives
>>>> In English they both translate to 'family'. It seems that the English
>>>> I think that this is the most important cause of the current confusion.
>>>> What I intended to say was, quality time with my wife (=my family,
>>>> "gezin" in Dutch) is more important than fixing the computer of the
>>>> husband of my sister (= also family).
>>> "immediate family" (husband/wife/mother/father/brother/sister) is what
>>> it's called here, some friends in England also refer to it as same.
>> Also known as "nuclear family". As in the center of an atom . . . and
>> with the same consequences when you try and split one!
> Ay, there's the rub. In English you need an adjective to specify what you
> mean. Ugh. Foreign languages give me headaches. Why can't we all speak
> Mathematics? That's an universal language.
Well yes and no. Remember there are different naming
conventions/notations for the same operators and symbols in maths across
I guess the short answer is diversity - get used to it ;-)
...and yes english is a crap language the generalises itself to death so
it needs many composite words to make the meaning more precise.
it's also an evolving language with meaning dialiects.
Kind Regards Russell
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