Comment: How did they get perverted over time?

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How did they get perverted over time?

by obfuscation.
I respectfully submit that your method contributes to the problem.
the distinction is simple, one has the "rule of law" the other does not. the K.I.S.S principle.

the REAL problem is the pollution of our language. I think this is evident in this thread. and these are members of the DP!!! Yikes!