You know, now that I think about it, you're absolutely right! IIRC, they did start off with Saurian brandy though. Scotty only brought out his carefully guarded bottle of scotch when they had gone through the Suarian brandy and Romulan ale, IIRC.SJQ":2rntytm4 said:Hi, ALP. I believe you are correct about Scotty's preference for Scotch (gee, ya think?) but you've forgotten his capacity. As I recall the script, he got to the brandy only after he finished the Scotch. And pretty much everything else he could extract from any other bottle he found.... So brandy may be for wussies, but if you're going around calling thirsty Scots "wussies", you are a braver - or dumber - man than I am.
English is a tremendously expressive language, quite likely due to your assertion. It easily incorporates new words and ideas, so effectively that "leet speak" even makes it into the English lexicon with little fuss. LOL WTF? ORLY? We English users are truly blessed as I don't believe any other language can be as expressive as ours or be understood so readily...My understanding (I am not a linguist by any stretch of the imagination) is that English as a language is far more flexible than most if not all other languages. Something to do with its history as a bastard language, as far as heritage is concerned. My foreign associates worried about their speaking English correctly, and couldn't believe that you could "word-salad" a sentence to an extreme extent, and still convey at least some of the intended meaning to a person fluent in English. Although I concede that alphan sorta stretches that theory. And we're off topic again. Does it matter in this thread?
I'm not a linguist. But, I've read some articles on their opinions. One article on Chomsky has a good example of what some call Universal Grammar - "The cat is on the mat." makes sense to us, right? However, "Cat mat the on is." does not. While some of that is surely due simply to how we construct proper English, Chomsky was asserting that proper grammar, in every human society (with some exceptions noted) follows a very similar set of rules, regardless of the language being spoken. There is some intrinsic ability for human beings to construct thoughts and communicate them in an understandable way that is reflected in most languages. Further, that we can learn "new" words and phrases and use them with equal ability as the ones we have already heard and been taught lends credibility to this claim. Language is just an expression of human thought and there's a grammar that appears to be shared which seems to indicate that it's the shared, natural, capabilities of the human mind that are being reflected in language.
Consequently, language that closely follows this Universal Grammar will be easier to understand. Those languages that don't are much more difficult. English happens to be one that, according to some, naturally follows principles akin to an idea of Universal Grammar.