Peter T. Daniels wrote: > On Dec 25, 10:00 am, jmfbahciv <jmfbahciv@aol> wrote: >> Andrew Usher wrote: >>> The use of Latin in the sciences and other learned fields basically >>> ceased in the 18th and 19th centuries. I have long wondered why people >>> accepted the use of national languages exclusively in this endeavor >>> where international understanding is more imperative than any other. >>> It is true, that the use of Latin by 1700 had already passed almost >>> everywhere else, but its last remaining use should still have been >>> enough to support it, given that Latin was the one language that every >>> educated man in the Western world knew, and that Latin, having such a >>> long tradition of use, was at least suitable for scientific and >>> technical purposes as any other language at the time. >>> And so, some explanations suggest themselves. The first is that the >>> predominant advocates and defenders of Latin, from the Renaissance to >>> now, are from the humanities; and so once Latin had disappeared from >>> live literary use, their support was no longer important. The second >>> is to blame it on the French: they abandoned Latin earlier than anyone >>> else, and are well-known to have an inflated view of the greatness of >>> their own language. But that does not seem to explain how it happened >>> everywhere else: had they wanted to emulate the French, they would >>> have started writing in French, and if they had wanted to oppose them, >>> they should have re-emphasised the role of Latin. >>> Now, of course, I can't propose the revival of Latin for these >>> purposes: English has virtually replaced it as the international >>> scientific language. But it look a long time during which dealing with >>> many different languages was a considerable problem, and it seems as >>> though this should have been avoided. >> The third explanation is that English is more versatile. IOW, >> people can make up new words easily. I did this as part of >> my job. > > I take it you don't know Arabic?
Correct. But what does this question have to do with why English, or American ;-), is the language used as a default language? > > Which newsgroup are you in?