But what I really wanted to challenge is the sad prevailing idea that some languages are "common" and the rest "strange". The statement in the article could be interpreted that way, although I am confident that Ms Henson does not suffer from that delusion herself. It is not helpful in making "uncommon" languages less so, even when this has great merit.
(Also, some "helpful" contributions that you receive as a maintainer of a free software package makes you wonder if the language-as-barrier is such a bad idea...)
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