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>> -- and of course language is defined by
>> usage, not political correctness within certain narrow segments of
>> society.
> that's exactly where i disagree: to me, language is more defined by
> etymology than usage; exactly for the same reason that history is more
> important than fashion.
> i don't know if there's any scholar authority for us-english; but most
> other languages do have a 'language academy' that helps define a
> 'correct' language, even while cataloging and documenting other
> 'incorrect' uses.

What does this mean to computer language design? (to bring the
discussion it more to lua-ontopic :-)