Joachim Pense wrote: > jmfbahciv (in alt.usage.english): > >> 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. >> > > Greek is versatile in making up new words by composition, and that's what > western scientists did until recently. They mixed a lot of Latin words into > this procedure, too. Chinese has been used for the same purpose in the > east, and still is, (e. g., in Japan.) > But the Greeks haven't done the work so they don't get to name things.
A side effect of WWII's outcome is that a lot of the work done in science and new technology was done in the US. Guess who got to name stuff? Then businesses used the results of their work and started to sell it to the rest of the world. Guess which nouns, verbs, adjectives (in some cases, adverbs) were used in meetings and advertising?