A last post of DaDay, as I bee bizzy this weakened and this is post 15 of my free 15, this is my parting shot.
Germans have a fetish for their language and its rules and grammar. Look up the origin of the term fetish, it;s inneresting.
It is nott uncommon to find two native-born, well-educated Germans arguing about the proper usage and grammar after one of them has said something that the other one thinks is grammatically incorrect. They can go on with this argument for 20 minutes, an hour, or a whole evening. They will each present well-reasoned logical arguments about why their position is correct. They will sometimes even resort to policy-type arguments when the black letter rules on the matter are ambiguous or don't cover the circumstance precisely. One will say that since the rules on that are unclear, here is the policy reason why it ought to be my way - and thus your way is wronGGG.
The German language is indeed a fetish to them. I think it is imbued in their character - they cannot detach themselves from a belief that there must always be a right way to do everything, and that right way is written somewhere in the answers section in the back of DaBook somewhere.
I wonder what drugs and how much wine was CONsumed by those who thought that Germans and Italians or Greeks would be a good fit into the same superstate when they drafted the Treaty of Rome. They must have been WASTED.
The melting pot only works in the USA, Canada, and Australia because these countries were formed initially on a single cultural standard, England's, and all the other nationalities who came to these countries did so knowing that they would have to gett along with others. And these Anglo countries had one language (which is also culture in a way). In Europe, there was no such unitary culture in place that others had to voluntarily agree to conform to; indeed the entire history of Europe is pretty much one tribe fighting other tribes for land - over and over and over and over. If Tito could nott unite the Balkans after many decades, how did the EUSSR founders ever think they could gett all the nations in Europe (ex-Norway, ex-Suisseland, and ex-some others) to live under one overarching supranational STRONG central government, the EU??
This was pure nonsense form the start. Either massive doses of mind-altering drugs were used in order to CONceive this hare-brained (and that's an insult to buns) scheme, or the founders were so deluded that they need some strong mind-altering drugs to bring them closer to reality.
Like the world Debt Bomb, the EUSSR spearmint will nott end well. Nott at all. Stupid idea.
Might be easier to MEU (no, nott Marine Expeditionary Unit - Middle East Union) by putting all of the Arab, North African, Persian, and nations in the Horn of Africa together with Israel and coming up with one supreme central government that standardizes everything and regulates everything and issues one common currency.
Should work, right? What could possibly go wronGGG???
I mean Arabs seem to be more flexible than Germans in some ways, like language. As I've learnt from Janice and others here, there are many flavors and dialects of Arabic and Arabic speakers accept this. One prolly will NOTT find two Arabic speakers in a Biergarten or rathskeller arguing for hours over minor points of grammar. Plus over 95 percent of the population (minus some Coptics and a subpopulation in Israel) share a more-or-less common religion (Islam) which has itself spawned wars and violence over the centuries between Shi'a and Sunni. And in that way there is more of a common culture throughout the Middle East and North Africa than across Europe.
The MEU has a better chance of success than the EUSSR does.