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Favorite nearly (if not already) extinct language:

Ainu (Japan, 15 speakers, 1996)   38 votes - 21 %
Dyirbal (Australia, 40 to 50, 1983)   11 votes - 6 %
Klamath (USA, 1 speaker, 1998)   53 votes - 30 %
Chinook (USA, 12 speakers, 1996)   31 votes - 17 %
Yokuts (USA, 78 speakers, 1990)   5 votes - 2 %
Sirenik Yupik (Russia, 1 speaker, 1995)   29 votes - 16 %
Mednyj Aleut (Russia, 10 speakers, 1995)   9 votes - 5 %
176 Total Votes

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Klamath (5.00 / 2) (#1)
by error27 on Sun Nov 18th, 2001 at 12:21:11 PM PST
The Pentium II was code named Klamath. That's probably why so many people voted for it.

People who voted for Klamath are almost certainly elitest "geeks" because only "geeks" would know something retarded like that. I propose that their accounts be deleted and their IP address are banned.

ban Klamath (none / 0) (#2)
by nathan on Sun Nov 18th, 2001 at 12:30:00 PM PST
does this extend to you, error27?

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Or perhaps... (none / 0) (#3)
by moriveth on Sun Nov 18th, 2001 at 01:23:43 PM PST
...some Adequacy readers are Fallout 2 fans. Fallout 2 is only available for the Microsoft Windows operating system, so any "gamers" who played Fallout 2 cannot be "geeks."

Not me (none / 0) (#4)
by zikzak on Sun Nov 18th, 2001 at 04:14:15 PM PST
I voted for the Chinook, because really big helicopters are cool.

I assume, then, (5.00 / 1) (#6)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Nov 19th, 2001 at 03:08:51 AM PST
that you wouldn't find it objectionable if the Germans were to name a battleship or such der Jude.

Sure (none / 0) (#7)
by zikzak on Mon Nov 19th, 2001 at 09:36:30 AM PST
I don't see any problems with references to sappy Beatles songs.

Well then, (none / 0) (#10)
by tkatchev on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 01:52:21 AM PST
Jedem das Seine, or something...

Peace and much love...

how about (none / 0) (#11)
by nathan on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 06:23:01 AM PST
Arbeit macht Frei?

(Especially cute b/c the etymology of Arbeiten.)

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Yes (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by bc on Sun Nov 18th, 2001 at 04:36:44 PM PST
Ainu is also boosted because of the g**k factor. This is because it is Japanese, land of manga, anime, playstations, haiku and technological fetishism, loved by geeks o'er all the world.

As an editor, I thank you for pointing this out. We will indeed carefully look at the IP's of those who vote for both Klamath and Ainu, and ban them accordingly.

If you are looking at this after just having voted for Ainu or Klamath, make the best of it - your days as an adequacy reader are numbered!

♥, bc.

huh? (none / 0) (#8)
by alprazolam on Mon Nov 19th, 2001 at 03:27:08 PM PST
I never heard of it before. I voted for it because it had only one speaker who is a USian. My choices of Esperanto and French weren't available.

er... (none / 0) (#9)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 01:52:01 AM PST
Esperanto and French are not endangered languages.

no, but.. (none / 0) (#22)
by mothra on Sun Nov 25th, 2001 at 12:23:41 PM PST
If French and/or Esperanto were to die out, the world would be a much better place. Call it wishful thinking.
Were French or Esperanto available, I surely would have voted for one of them. Come to think of it, no I wouldn't. Maybe on a *least* favorite language poll.

Fallout (none / 0) (#14)
by Kintara on Wed Nov 21st, 2001 at 10:54:30 PM PST
Actually, I remember the word Klamath from the CRPG Fallout series (I don't remember which one, for the life of me). That's just as geeky, of course.

Oops (none / 0) (#15)
by Kintara on Wed Nov 21st, 2001 at 10:59:25 PM PST
I knew I should have scrolled down. That was just a rehash. Someone please skewer me with words of terrible retribution and righteousness.

Lies! (none / 0) (#13)
by inveigle on Wed Nov 21st, 2001 at 08:27:57 PM PST
OK, obviously none of you dimwits figured out that this is a joke poll. I mean, come on, how can a tongue have 1 native speaker? What, do they talk to themselves? It's language for chrissakes, not sex. And by the way, I'm the only native speaker of Hoohoohaha, and I'm offended that my language wasn't listed on the poll. No, there's no one else who knows Hoohoohaha, so you'll just have to take my word for it that I'm a native speaker. If you doubt me, just give me some phrases and I'll be happy to translate them into my native tongue.

One native speaker. (none / 0) (#16)
by tkatchev on Thu Nov 22nd, 2001 at 12:20:21 AM PST
Very simple, your imperialist policies[1] wiped out the rest of the speakers of the tongue.

[1] It was called the "Monroe Doctrine", which involved slaughter of innocent civilian natives.

Peace and much love...

Native speakers... (none / 0) (#24)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Nov 26th, 2001 at 02:26:41 PM PST
If you use the phrase 'native', then the language could be far from extinct. Languages can be taught and learned, and if the poll referred only to those _native_ speakers, then it's meaningless...

You forgot one (none / 0) (#17)
by Starship Trooper on Thu Nov 22nd, 2001 at 10:40:11 PM PST
What about Basque?
A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace, and rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace

er... (none / 0) (#19)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Nov 24th, 2001 at 03:10:40 AM PST
Basque is not an endangered language, you idiot. It's got over half a million native speakers, it is an official regional language in Spain, it's taught in schools, used in media, you name it...

Oh boy. (none / 0) (#20)
by tkatchev on Sat Nov 24th, 2001 at 12:24:33 PM PST
T'was humor, man. Laugh, I guess.

Peace and much love...

How about... (none / 0) (#18)
by nx01 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2001 at 05:48:10 PM PST

More people speak Klingon than Esperanto.

For that matter, I would propose that dwindling Indian ("Native American" for all of you bleeding-hearts) tribes switch to Klingon, since they seem to be set on not speaking English like good, normal, clean Americans. It's about time for them to get some standards. Klingon is a well-thought-out language which would meet their needs perfectly -- it is only second in beauty, elegance, and perfection of implementation to English.

Of course, if they resist, it might be out duty to push them in the right direction.

"Every time I look at the X window system, it's so fucking stupid; and part of me feels responsible for the worst parts of it."
-- James Gosling

Why I voted for Klamath (4.00 / 1) (#21)
by luisa on Sat Nov 24th, 2001 at 04:20:01 PM PST
I study linguistics, and it was one of the more fiercely thorny problems assigned in one of my intro analysis courses.

Yikes!! (none / 0) (#23)
by legolas on Sun Nov 25th, 2001 at 01:22:12 PM PST
it talks!


what was it that was tough? (none / 0) (#25)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Nov 26th, 2001 at 07:59:29 PM PST
the verbal morphology?


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