posted on Apr, 16 2004 @ 02:25 PM
Ok, I'm going to post something, and will hopefully edit it to add more content later. Waiting for permission to use a U2U.
I did a search on webster.com for synonyms of peace, and only got 2: Peacemaker and pacifier. This shocked and disturbed me at first, then I
remembered the origin of English.
The english language developed as a result of Roman occupation of the Brittish Isles. Boudica managed to decimate a Roman legion, but the Romans
managed to take the isles, and kill her. (It's an incredible story, check it out on the web or in the april issue of Military History) So the Romans
won out, and they instituted a firm handed law there to prevent future uprisings.
Despite this, the English(as they would later be known) peoples maintained their own language, but included many now prevelant latin words in their
dialagues. It would be like me saying, Hola, buddy, how you doing? I used a spanish term that has become part of the english language.
However, words at this time, it is believed, weren't added because they were 'cool' or politically correct. They were added because latin words in
subjects went into more detail then the brittanic words could.
Why say many, when you mean infinite? If you don't have a word for infinite, infinite would be many beyond human comprehension. Infinite is a subset
of the larger term, many. Many words in our language are like that, as they are in other languages.
People generated their dialog based on their circumstances. What needed more clarification for that culture would usually get it's own word, instead
of having to use a sentance to describe it. Ex.: There were so many, the number was uncountable and went on for ever, compared to there was an
infinite number of them. More to the point for a society which uses the concept of infinity, but useless for a society that doesn't recognise
And this brings me back to my original post, the few synonyms for peace. Look at history. The English, until recent times, have been at war.
Constantly. If it wasn't the french, it was the gothics(and Germans as they'd later be known) it was the Romans, it was the Barbary pirates. Rome
was not a peaceful nation, either. And that was the english influence.
So I take back what I said earlier, that you could tell America's policy by the number of synonyms there are for peace in our language. It was
developed the way it was because of the constant war at the time of it's birth. Peace was an unknown term to many back then, if you weren't at war
with France, it ment you finally had enough resources to go to war with Scottland or Germany.