Talib wrote:But I don't think that's what motivates English purists at heart. Anglish is a word game done for fun; nobody really thinks we can purge English of all its foreign influences. Do they?
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I don't understand where the whole conflation of discriminatory beliefs with linguistic purism came from that has so enveloped this topic. Yes, there is a fuzzy line between nationalism and ethnocentrism, but taking pride in one's linguistic history need not equate to hatred toward other cultures. Just because some people have a liking for Anglish, or prefer Germanic roots in English, in no way means that they hate people from Romance- or other speaking cultures, or the ilk languages. I'm sure plenty of us who like using Anglish still like plenty of Romance languages; for the most part, it's a matter of personal preference. For me personally, I like Germanic languages, I like etymology, I like archaic and poetic usage; therefore, I like experimenting with Germanic roots of English. However, I also like Italian, Romanian, French, and Spanish, to say the least.
Have I ever seriously written anything in Anglish? No, I play around with it, and look up roots to enhance my available style variations.
Do I think modern English is worse off for having Latinate roots? No, in fact, I feel that a variety of roots and synonyms gives English a great flexibility of nuance.
Do I think Anglish is a feasible reform? No. A necessary one? No.
A personal liking of Germanic languages does not make one a Nazi; there are surely a rare few who believe Germanic roots are more suitable purely on that basis, but I do not think that is anything close to a majority of Anglishers. It's not black and white, there are many reasons one might prefer Germanic roots, many of which are not chauvinistic, unless one is so extreme as to think any personal preference is chauvinism toward every other option. We have numerous threads about which languages we like and which we don't and which are ugly and which are beautiful, can I take everyone's answers in these threads and label them chauvinists or ethnocentrists because they happen to like one language better than another? This can occur within languages as well without any racist connotation (we also have threads about most and least liked words). Is someone racist is they're personally more attracted to features typical of Europeans than those of Africans, even if they don't think either is superior or inferior to the other?