The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that the English language is as pure as a crib-house whore. It not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary.
—James Nicoll, can.general, March 21, 1992
Often paraphrased as "English doesn't borrow from other languages.... goes through their pockets for loose grammar." We keep our own grammar, but our vocabulary might well evolve into a superset of other languages'!
... my vocabulary was developed through reading and writing...
I'm sure I'm not alone in being "eye-literate" with a few words I've encountered in writing but not conversation.
I have been troubled by this topic since the day I joined Atheist Nexus! After sailing through the windshield of a car on September 17, 2002 I sustained a traumatic brain injury. Prior to my injury I spoke about topics EXACTLY like most of you, with facts, references to the factual information, bible verses, excessive verbiage and the like. Now, I remember very few facts etc to throw at a theist and sometimes can barely keep up with most atheists and their facts! (I feel really dumb on here) Coincidentally, I retained my sense of humor and much of the information I use professionally (Veterinary Dermatology Technician) but had to be reintroduced to pet grooming. (I clearly retained my ability/disability to use excessive verbiage--it is far worse putting my thoughts into words, it is much easier to put my thoughts onto paper.) Most of the things I retained filtered back over a period of 5-6 years, some things are a total blank, and I now find theists incredibly HILARIOUS! I find that I think far more simply now and usually find the lowest common denominator first. Therefore, I think the reason why most atheists use excessive verbiage is because we have to explain, explain, explain to the millions of theists/nonthinkers surrounding us, the slightest fact or bible verse! We get used to constantly over-explaining ourselves to people that do not think, that we do it even if we are surrounded by wonderful, thinking atheists! Who cares why a theist uses excessive verbiage? Only the sheep listen to them anyway! BAAAAAA
Dogly, you only say that because you sense my desire to pinch your little furry cheeks and kiss you right on the nose!
I confess: I don't even try to discuss things with the religious. Their minds are made up -- and I figure if they aren't hurting anyone, let them be. But I am in awe of those of you who try over and over and over again. Maybe you will occasionally find someone whose mind is not totally closed, and can have a productive conversation with them.
But when it comes to those religious people who ARE hurting others, then it becomes very difficult for me. I have neither the experience of a Christian or Muslim upbringing, nor the stomach to read their writings, so I'm at an extreme disadvantage in talking to them. When it comes to ultra-orthodox Jews, most of them are either in the East or in Israel, so, living in the West, I never come into contact with them.
So maybe the best I can do is contribute to organizations which go to court in support of separation of church and state, my beloved First Amendment freedom. And let you verbose people do the talking, LOL!!
Some of us go to court, and some of us go to jail, to support the separation of state and church. Some of us do both. Look up the atheist news (just google or search) of Polk County, FL. Go back almost a year, and up to the present. We have an unsung heroine at Atheists of FL. Though atheists do not try to be martyrs, she was made one. All the facts did not show up in the news reports, which are very biased. Since the case has just begun against the Polk County sheriff and others, I can't say much. This will be a groundbreaking case. It may change things for all of us. It is scary to stand up against religious discrimination and the establishment of religion by our government. Are there city, county, school board meetings in your town where prayers are recited and led by clergy? Can you gather some local atheists to attend and speak against this unconstitutional practice? Be careful, do your homework, and DON'T go alone! Have an attorney on call. The ACLU may help, but not until "all hell breaks loose". OR, you can support the legal defense funds of those who have put their freedom, businesses, health, and homes at risk to fight for our rights. Atheists of FL web site has a place to do this.