The "hentai" thread (237)

141 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-17 10:05 ID:Heaven [Del]

To be fair, making fun of something doesn't neccessarily imply that they really care about the issue.
However, it's already been said that this isn't about us westerners getting together to fulfill an expressed request made to us by some Japanese but rather coming to terms with erroneous usage of language which is most apparent in intercultural dialogue and which both us and the Japanese are aware of.

So far, it seems that the only general stances against a more correct usage of language in these issues are that

  • it's already commonly accepted in the western community. This argument's main base seems to be laziness.
  • language is a living thing, you cannot impose some rigid and ultimately arbitrary laws on it. This argument is funny insofar as it uses language to be expressed, language in well defined rules which, among other things, guarantuee that we may be able to communicate efficiently, correctly and, most of all, in a (more or less) unified way.
  • the Japanese are using English and other western languages in a faulty manner, therefore we are all excused to do so with their language as well. To see how this argument is invalid, consider a simple analogue: Someone burns down your house. Will burning down his house be a reasonable response to this? Or: A member of group X insults you on a regular basis. Is it therefore okay to insult any member of group X?

Feel free to correct and/or amend me here.

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