Story 2015-04-01 66Y8 Pipedot adopting Esperanto

Pipedot adopting Esperanto

in pipedot on (#66Y8)
I'm a stupid American. Even though many foreigners may not speak English fluently, we force everyone to speak it anyway. In 1887, Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof constructed a neutral language using common root words from many different European languages. This universal language is much easier to learn and shows less favoritism than picking an arbitrary natural language.

Therefore, all new stories and comments will now use Esperanto. The one true international language!
Reply 12 comments

God this is fantastic (Score: 2, Insightful)

by on 2015-04-01 14:55 (#67E4)

This is way better than a CSS hack. How do you say "suck it, slashdot" in esperanto?

Re: God this is fantastic (Score: 1)

by on 2015-04-01 15:54 (#67HZ)

Doh! Hit the daily translation limit of the Google Translate service. Flipped the default back to English for now.

Re: God this is fantastic (Score: 1, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-04-01 21:51 (#684S)

When I had a yen to learn Japanese I started reading the .jp version of slashdot. This did not last long.

Too many non ascii chars!! (Score: 1)

by on 2015-04-01 15:28 (#67FR)

The language was created before typewriters were popular, but still someone should create a modified version that is typeable on us standard keyboards. Its really the only thing holding the language back, that and translation of Jurassic Park.

Not really neutral (Score: 3, Informative)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-04-01 17:48 (#67S2)

While it's a nice idea, the language suffers from being too Euro-centric. There are some unnecessary rules copied from European languages. For instance, modifying an adjective based on the modification of the noun. They have it in German but not in English and nothing is lost.

Gender nouns like he/she/it are also useless. Usually, the gender of the person we're talking about has no bearing on the subject but we use it anyway. How do we refer to people with undetermined sex in Esperanto? These are not uncommon, people you only know from internet comments are by default in this group.. They did get rid of this for ordinary objects (like feminine ships etc) but not for people, blah.

I also don't care for three consonants in a row, like in 'skribi' etc. There IS a wovel between 's' and 'k', just write it down, mac.

How about we open a section with a LISP-like syntax tree based on English or something?

(could we (filter-out (SETOF x (past (say someone x)))))

Re: Not really neutral (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-04-01 21:48 (#684R)

Lots of silly paranthesis! You bring back nightmares there son.

Usurped by simplified English (Score: 2, Informative)

by on 2015-04-01 23:29 (#68GN)

Esperanto was a good idea at the start, and one that looked-like it could have had a future, for the first few decades. However, since about 1930, it has been very successfully replaced by (multiple) rigidly defined small subsets of English:

Basic English can be at least as simple as Esperanto, just as fast to learn with as few as 850 root words (Esperanto had 900), Being a defined language these have all the supposed benefits of Esperanto, too: the terms in question being static, not including slang, avoiding complex conjugation rules, etc. Plus simple English has added benefit of allowing you (basic) communication with billions of people, access to untold tomes of information, etc.

Oh well (Score: 2, Funny)

by on 2015-04-01 23:44 (#68H8)

And here I was expecting an announcement that MikeeUSA was made the new Pipedot editor-in-chief. He's certainly contributed plenty to the site. e.g.: #2V9H

Re: Oh well (Score: 1)

by on 2015-04-02 01:12 (#68MY)

Heh. He certainly likes to paste the same wall of text over and over again. Switching the default language of the site to a constructed language for a few hours was evil enough for one day.

Meh (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-04-03 12:01 (#6BJP)

Mi estus estinta pli impresita se la storty kaj ĉiuj komentoj estas en Esperanto

Re: Meh (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-04-03 12:02 (#6BJS)

and looking at that simple sentence, I am glad we didn't...

Re: Meh (Score: 1)

by on 2015-04-03 20:51 (#6CED)

... storty ...
Google Translate doesn't work if you can't type the words right in English. Should be "rakonto".