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Written by the Winners

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"We used to be closer," says French. "You took some of the choicest parts of me."

English, for whom words of French origin are prestigious, ranked above English's own, doesn't reply.

"Some standardisation would suffice," French continues.

"A better writing system?" supposes English. "Be easier to read."

"Exactly so! See, you agree."

"Naturally, French hasn't a single silent letter," English replies.

"Come, Anglais. You do not have to be like that," says French.

"A language changes as it traces the history of the people who spoke it," says English, speaking of them both. "Why do you think we're still arguing?"