p.e. home features conservative logical compression displaced speech shortened forms in-group choices humor
be not the first by whom the new are tried, nor yet the last to lay the old aside
Platform English is happy to be the very last to lay the old aside. It is naturally conservative. That's not surprising--all social institutions are conservative. Take sports for example. Imagine that we wanted to make baseball a little easier to understand. Why would we want to do that?
One example is a foul ball. What--exactly--is a foul ball? It's certainly different from a hit, though you can't have a foul ball unless the batter hits it. Once he hits a foul ball in the air, there are two possibilities when it comes down: 1) it turns into an out if someone from the other team catches it before it hits the ground or 2) if no one from the other team catches it, it turns into a strike. (We ought to point out, of course, that no matter how many foul balls you hit, only the first two can turn into strikes. The rest--and there's no limit on how many foul balls you can hit--don't turn into anything at all and just waste everybody's time.)
So,we can all agree that baseball terminology is confusing. What are our chances of bringing a little order and logic to our national sport by introducing a few new terms and streamlining one or two of the game's procedures? We estimate zero to not good.
When people settle into habits and patterns, they don't like to change them. And to people who are fans of the Big Show, there's not problem. Learning the lingo is a kind of merit badge for true afficionados.
Platform English is a kind of waiting room for the ferry to the Island of Misfit Words. Terms that are no longer in current use go there to rest. They will change and evolve no more. There are some domains of English that are particularly rife with such words: the law and religion.
p.e. retains and conserves terms that have fallen out of use in specialized domains