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Comment by Joe Vincenzino on February 28, 2011 at 5:57pm
robert, that seems to happen in here. run, before its a wildfire!
Comment by Christopher Baughman on February 28, 2011 at 3:54pm
Men also have to worry about alimony.  Just wanted to add that.
Comment by TNT666 on February 28, 2011 at 3:15pm
In fact I think "fear of commitment" is a misnomer. Traditionally, the part of a relationship that men fear is the responsibility part. Otherwise, there is nothing to fear, you commit you divorce, not a big deal unless there's the fiscal responsibility of children. A better expression for the fearful men would be fear of responsibility. Women by default are responsible for their children, so the fear of a relationship is more about the potential loss/renigging of commitment :P
Comment by TNT666 on February 28, 2011 at 2:51pm
Indeed, women who have already gained the independence status may in the future have commitment issues.
Comment by Christopher Baughman on February 28, 2011 at 2:37pm
It's all about perspective.  You'll find people in both sexes that fear commitment.  Just like you'll find some who would rather not be chained down to a single person.
Comment by TNT666 on February 28, 2011 at 1:54pm
wow, what a sexist psychologist! Women have been men's property for a few thousand years, so yes, when a woman does not want marriage, she is independent. The same argument is not applicable to men, sorry.
Comment by TNT666 on February 28, 2011 at 12:30pm
there are formal words that come from Anglo-Saxon days and 'earthy' words which come from French too... French was the official language of England for over 400 years and before that Latin had been the official language of religious life for an additional 500 years. I boggles my mind why so many conquering peoples wanted those islands!? LMAO :P    I just watched The Eagle, a story (with barely any history) of Romans in England, not bad, as far as Roman storyline films go. Quite beautiful cinematography, so good one for a date :)
Comment by John Grow on February 28, 2011 at 8:41am
At some point in the history of English, or probably the whole time in one way or another, words of Anglo-Saxon origin got short shrift in place of Latin derivatives (including the Romance languages).

I would blame it on the French because, well, they're French. However, I think it has more to do with the power the French and the Spanish held in Europe centuries back. Plus, the Normans brought a lot of French loan-words to England in the invasion, and that conquest of England did put the English language in a subservient spot, which took centuries to shake.

In any case, why "sound formal" or "more intelligent?" More often than not, people who try that end up using words wrong and diminishing the very image they sought to project. I'm not saying you don't take care in your words, but basically if you *are* smart, it will show in more than just your word choice.

Plus, since the goal should be precision speech, It's best to use the best word to embrace the concept. Even if that word is an "earthy" Anglo-Saxon one.
Comment by John Grow on February 27, 2011 at 8:13pm
Goddam French...
Comment by John Quinn on February 27, 2011 at 6:14pm

"Faith!  What a dirty Anglo-Saxon monosyllable."  --Robert Heinlein

 

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