I'm 67. Oh "we" did, or at least the government did. If "we" transfer a popular product to the black market, a huge criminal enterprise will spring up to sell it at vastly inflated prices, giving us the opportunity to augment our income with bribes. In addition, since criminals can't use the court system they have to resolve their disputes with gunfire, striking fear into the hearts of the populace, who will then beg us to suspend their privacy and other civil rights and hire more government employees, in order to keep them safe. I'm the Moderator of Arts & Culture too, so occasionally the topics spill over. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! I do a pretty convincing imitation of a scholar, don't I? My degree is in accounting and I've been working in IT for 43 years. I've always been fascinated by the technologies of spoken and written language. I've taken classes in Spanish, German, Chinese and Yiddish, and can speak them in decreasing order of fluency--8.0, 7.0, 6.0 and 5.0 on my own powers-of-three scale. Everything else I know I've picked up from reading and from pestering people who know linguistics or individual languages and their history. Since I've always done a lot of writing and have been making a living at it for the past few years, not to mention having taught business writing to IT geeks and ESL to speakers of Chinese, the fine points of grammar, vocabulary and syntax are part of my daily life.