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12-10-2013, 11:20 AM   #1321
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Has this anything to do with analogies??
Line from Scrubs: (While reading the label on a patient's medicine bottle): "See, there's your problem, it says analgesic, not ānalgesic."

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Is it wrong that this thread makes more sense to me now that its 89 pages than it did when it was only 1 page?
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Is it wrong that this thread makes more sense to me now that its 89 pages than it did when it was only 1 page?
I don't know whether it's wrong or not, but it sure is common.
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Is it wrong that this thread makes more sense to me now that its 89 pages than it did when it was only 1 page?
It will make more sense when it gets to 100... for sizzle...

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I suspect the British navy might have had something to do with it as well...
If that was true, wouldn't everyone speak with Cockney accents? Do Yorkies go in the navy too?
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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
Exactly!

What happened to the idea that one letter maps to one sound and one sound to one letter? You know, the thing that's supposed to make alphabets useful. Yes, there are only 26 letters in the English alphabet, and something like 40 phonemes, but why on earth then create so many representations of each phoneme? f = ff = fe = ffe = ph = pph = gh? r = rr = wr = rh = rrh = re?? And I won't even start to touch the vowels...

And yes, I believe it's even worse for those of us not having this as our mother tongue. Yikes, even a couple of vowels there representing no sound at all!

Oh, and a correction: A pidgin language once it becomes someone's mother tongue becomes a creole, doesn't it?

How ever did this end up being the lingua franca of the world?
Well that's what happens when a little island is invaded and conquered by successive hordes from three or four different lineages, then once comparative political stability is achieved the Kings continually marry off their sons and daughters to the children of their cousins - who speak other languages but share a religion.

You get a Germanic sentence structure, a Romantic vocabulary, a Baltic phenomology and an Arabic system of numbers. Strangely, that works best with armies and navies, so you conquer the world.

And spread it across the globe as if it were a single language.

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Stragely, that works best with armies and navies, so you conquer the world.
I think after so many invasions and conquests (Angles, Saxons, Romans, Norse - who then went into France and came back a few generations later as Normans), the British just had a genetic predisposition for conquest.

American English also got an additional spicing of creole French, colonial Spanish, various immigrant languages, and tons of Native American words for places and rivers. Itz umazing wee kan spel at al.
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QuoteOriginally posted by THoog Quote
Itz umazing wee kan spel at al.


I'm not entirely convinced a majority of the US/UK population under the age of 25 would see anything wrong with that sentence.

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I'm not entirely convinced a majority of the US/UK population under the age of 25 would see anything wrong with that sentence.
We seem to be coming full circle to the early-mid 19th century, when spelling was more a matter of personal preference.
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We seem to be coming full circle to the early-mid 19th century, when spelling was more a matter of personal preference.
Not making the job any easier for the likes of Google Translate
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The history of English is lost on me!! I'm more "Fire hot, Pentax Pretty!!!"
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Itz umazing wee kan spel at al.
Is that old English?
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