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Reactions to the secret vice (was: Steg's wonderful sig.)

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Friday, November 5, 1999, 19:29
Boudewijn Rempt wrote:

> I've met all kinds of reactions from the outside world. Interested, > but dismissive from my University teacher, hostile from the last > esperantist in Leyden, impressed from collegues at work, and the one > case were some told me I couldn't make languages because that was > impossible. But generally, people seem interested (unless you start > to tell them grammatical facts - they like to hear a phrase or two, > especially if the contents are off-colour). But there are a lot of > weird hobbies around in the Netherlands - comes of having far too > much spare time ;-).
The reaction I got recently from an academic friend (I'm beginning to come out of the closet a little more now that I've been writing about this in academic circles) was: "how ARROGANT!" Addressing the (to him) arrogant assumption that any one person could replicate the complexity and history of a real language. I asked him if he would have the same response to "I am building a miniature city." As soon as I invoked the "miniature" element, he could understand. See, he thought, at first, that I and all the rest of you are trying to build full-sized cities, all by ourselves. <G> Sally ============================================================ SALLY CAVES (bragpage) (T. homepage) (all else) ===================================================================== Niffodyr tweluenrem lis teuim an. "The gods have retractible claws." from _The Gospel of Bastet_ ============================================================