Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Unlikely uses for the aorist

From Wikipedia
Until recently, in Serbian and Croatian, the aorist had mostly been used in literary language and legal writing. The predominantly young users of the modern means of communication (SMS, email) have found advantages of using the rarely spoken verb forms like aorist and imperfect as they require fewer characters than compound verbs, thus bringing them back to popular use.
Kids these days. What's next, a return to texting in Latin passive pluperfects?

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