Sapir–Whorf Hypothesis

There's this neat language called Lojban that I've decided to learn because language is interesting, and weird languages are even more interesting. Also for fun and profit.

When learning about Lojban a heard about this thing called the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. Essentially it says that thoughts and words are mutually influencing, and of specific interest is the implication that some kinds of things are hard to think for some people because the language makes it difficult.

I'm no linguist, but I don't think the hypothesis to be directly true. But I can say with certainty that it is conditionally and indirectly true.

There's some things people want to think. There's some things people don't want to think. People can and will use the limitations of language as an excuse to not think something that they don't want to think. Not that that's the only thing they'll use, of course.

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