[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 28 September 2016.]
‘The blue of the grass’ is the color green in an African language. That’s a lot of letters compared to the five letters in the word ‘green’ to get across the same message. But it’s also getting harder to communicate in English. In the last several decades English has lost much of its ability for clear, concise, and complete delivery. Techies call this ‘information carrying capacity’, and the capacity of everyday English has been going down. We are paying a price for this loss in our public dialogue.