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21 July 2008 @ 12:59 pm
Being more Romantic  
I sometimes daydream that the speakers of all modern Romantic-derived languages start using the synonyms which have the nearest phonetic similarity to all of the other Romantic languages. As we do this, we begin to move backwards towards a more universal language. Year by year, we take the language back through a modern Romantic derivative of Latin, then further back into the Indo-European roots. A Return to Babel, if you will.

Instead of Write, we might say:

English: scribe, inscribe, script, scribble
Spanish: escribe
French: escrive
Italian: scriva
Romanian: scrie
Portugese: escreva
 
 
 
urlgirlurlgirl on July 22nd, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
A return to pre-Babel? :-) That would have to go back much farther than the Romance language root. I like the thought, though :-)
Kburgunder on July 22nd, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
"Year by year, we take the language back through a modern Romantic derivative of Latin, then further back into the Indo-European roots."

We'd get there eventually, at least in my daydream ;>
urlgirlurlgirl on July 22nd, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
D'oh! I totally got distracted by what I was thinking, and completely missed what you actually said. Sorry :(
floiterfloiter on July 25th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Of course, the English do still scribe/inscribe/scribble, while also still referring to scripts. Feel free to join in :)
Varnvarn_ix on July 28th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
I have a feeling this would end in chaos and lack of rules. Anybody who's trying to learn several Romance languages knows that it's sometimes very hard to stick to one. Last week I spoke to a waiter in an Italian restaurant in Spain (where I usually speak Spanish), and I was drunk enough not to steer clear of my horrible Italian. My less intoxicated friends alternately winced and guffawed.