I wish someone would do some language maintenance.
English wasn’t intended for this sort of use and uptime. The original merger between Anglo-Saxon and Norman caused a whole raft of problems that centuries of hotfixes haven’t solved, and frankly it’s time somebody took the language down for maintenance and cleaned out some of the cruft. I don’t think that’s going to cut it, though.
We have overlapping vocabulary, homophones galore, semantic ambiguity, syntactic inconsistency, dozens of irregular verbs, orphaned antonyms, don’t get me started on the overloading of “set”, and the less said about the spelling the better. Some of the worst problems have been going on for so long the workarounds have become accepted parts of the workflow and the users will complain if we take them out! The American English branch project didn’t address any of the serious problems and added its own complications, and so far they’re refusing to merge, preferring instead to fork the language so now English has split its userbase with its own fork while still being expected to remain completely compatible!
Until we can get funding to develop English 2.0 (some time before Hell freezes over in this economy!), we’re going to have to get a complete shutdown at regular intervals to clean the nouns and check the tenses for signs of wear to prevent any further deterioration of the language. All I know is that if we keep running English the way we have been, we’re going to have a catastrophic failure on our hands, and I, for one, do not intend to have to learn French.