Language tag too specific

Doug Ewell doug at
Wed Mar 20 15:32:29 CET 2013

I agree with Mark that trying to apply language tags to personal names
in this sort of context is confusing, overly pedantic, and
counterproductive. The whimsical examples with intervening spaces and
full stops being tagged as "English" only prove the point further.

Trying to assign "language" to a personal name is especially problematic
for a name like Richard, which (regardless of its origins) has been
native to at least English, French, and German for centuries.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, USA | @DougEwell ­

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