Re: [LEAPSECS] Risks of change to UTC

From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 02:25:35 -0500

M. Warner Losh scripsit:

> 1500 years ago, no one spoke English. Chances are the people that
> deal with this problem in 1000 or 2000 years won't speak any language
> recognizable to anybody alive today.

Well, actually people did speak English in 500, as historical reconstruction
makes clear, though we have no specimens of English that old. Certainly
not 21st-century English, of course.

Still, language drift unlike calendar drift is not inevitable, and nobody
knows what effects, if any, the availability of sound recording will have on
language change.

The Imperials are decadent, 300 pound   John Cowan <>
free-range chickens (except they have
teeth, arms instead of wings, and
dinosaurlike tails).                        --Elyse Grasso
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