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Thomas Alexander wrote:

>Sometime, somwhere else, perhaps even in another
>life, somebody wrote:
>
>
>
>>The review's author, like the book's author, took
>>great pleasure in attacking Esperanto, repeating
>>[certain] arguments as absolute truth, though they
>>were obvious nonsense.
>>
>>
>
>Recently, that is, in the last few days and also the
>last few months, I've come upon various "obvious
>nonsense" type thoughs about Esperanto, mostly from
>Interlinguan pens - but I'm sure this is not because
>Interlinguans have any corner on the market on
>nonsense, but rather it's just a natural consequence
>of the fact that you (= I_ tend to find things where
>you (=I) are looking, and don't find them in places
>you (=I) don't look.
>
>Among these bits of nonsense:
>
> "In Sweden, only 5 people speak Esperanto
>  fluently because it is so difficult."
>
> "'Tro' should be a noun because it ends in -o"
>
> "the speaking population of Esperanto consists of a
> few elderly men"
>
> "Esperanto is not a language but a tortuous parsing
> system."
>
> "Esperanto has no value because J's are ugly."
>
>Perhaps this is dangerous teritory to enter, but I'm
>curious what other kinds of nonsense we have in the
>other direction.  The first (and really, the only)
>one to come to mind is the notion held by some
>Esperantists (those who even know what Interlingua or
>Ido is) is that these languages died out entirely
>so many decades ago.
>
>Are there other stereotypes that I'm overlooking?
>I'm not talking about flawed arguments (like
>"lanugage X is easier than language Y because you can
>derive words like this that or so" but bigger more
>basic things along the lines of:
>
>  "Nobody speaks Interlingua"
>
>  "In Ido, you can't say 'I love you.'"
>
>  "All volapükists have bad breath."
>
>that sort of thing.
>
>
>
Multe annos passate ego videva simile cosas in un numero de Heroldo de
Esperanto, ma in ille caso le tema era interlingua.

Con gaudio ego pote provar que il certo ha plus que cinque humanos in
Svedia qui parla esperanto.

Kjell R