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 --- Andreas Johansson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Is it a more-or-less consciously created auxlang, or
> some sort of "organic"
> lingua franca that got promoted to the language of
> the powers that be*?
>
> * Why is it "the powers that be", and not the
> "powers that are"?
>

subjunctive. i imagine it could be paraphrased 'such
powers as exist', using the subjunctive to mark
generality. not sure if this is a native germanic
useage or a nicking of the latin one

bn

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bnathyuw | landan | arR
stamp the sunshine out | angelfish
your tears came like anaesthesia | phèdre

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