So in the days following my last briefing, I encountered on two occasions a statement that seems conveniently pertinent to our previous discussion on languages.
The editorial in the July/August issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact is about how languages are tools with various functionalities, just like the different tools in your toolbox. Of particular amusement in the article was the following quote from George Bernard Shaw:
George Bernard Shaw pointed out that we could spell ‘fish’ as ‘ghoti’: the gh from ‘laugh’, the o from ‘women’ and the ti from ‘nation’.
On the other hand English, as messed up as it is, still beats Japanese and its 2000-odd regularly-used Kanji for ease of learning. Talk about needing a big toolbox.