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Archeological Philology - Changing Thoughts and Absent Vocabulary

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Dec 31, 2021 at 10:50

Interesting topic Dr. Pipes, of which it is expected here would be superficially, intellectually, a means for some to explore the losses of many advances of technology as, for example, in America, the last 240 years of being whisked through the industrial revolution's catalogs of mechanisms now only found in museums or recylced into more modern contraptions. For this observer, being nearly one of the individuals of the time frame you categorized and at one time was tested with a 99.9 percentile on the vocabulary portion of the college entrance exams, almost all of it can be eliminated from use since it has been brought to my attention perennialy: what does a vocabulary of that capacity provide in developing relationships?
The answer is simple. It is limited, since vocabulary is only as effective in use as the company one keeps.
Let's bring the topic closer to the premise of the Forum; it is more appropriate to determine not lookoing for words no longer in common, if any practical use, than those words that are redefined.
A prime example is listed: communications by wrist watches and I-pads are replacing what used to be so commonplace-phone booths.
Multi-tasking devices that are global replcements for even the more remedial computers; this obsere still has his slide rules for when some erudite politcal reason allows the release of EMF and all electronics will need to start over. We see a world in a headling attempt to rewrite their part in history without knowing or even understanding that if one sector of a region is permitted to collapse and be forgotten, the rest is bound to follow: why(?). Because there is not one sector that has any rationale for developing a common cause for peace that includes all of humanity; the adversary of men and women's souls is always at work.
Go back into history and find those words and the world which sought out peace (another word almost being lost) and try, nay, try harder, to find the lost vocabulary in which all seek the betterment of all concerned. It is about the love of life that is missing; where are the words?

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