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2013-12-29 12:53:22 PM
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47 is the new 42: Yes, finally found it:

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.
Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.
Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

http://www.i18nguy.com/twain.html


Someone finally found a way to out-ugly the written from of Hatian creole. That's an impressive accomplishment.
2013-12-29 12:39:14 PM
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Damn French messing up the English language beyond comprehension. There are no spelling rules left now to follow. You have to know the root language of most words and the respective spelling rules for them to have a hope. Still, there are exceptions to that guideline too.

The only useful aspect of the language is that it has such a level of amalgamation that incorrect grammar still allows effective communication.
2013-12-29 12:00:39 PM
1 votes:
Yes, finally found it:

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.
Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.
Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

http://www.i18nguy.com/twain.html
2013-12-29 11:30:03 AM
1 votes:
Latin was an 'evolved' form of communication, and in the Middle Ages the serfs weren't taught how to read or write it unless they committed their life to the church.

/see where this is going?
2013-12-29 11:18:53 AM
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Wenchmaster: Sail The Wide Accountancy: I would prefer another kulling of letters actually.
I think we kould easily slise a few out.

A - B - D - E - F - G - H - I - K - L - M - N - O - P - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z.

I wouldn't remove the X, however, since it's the koolest letter and I don't want to have to order Eks-Men comics. Everything else kan be replaced with other letters. We're down to 23 letters in this alfabet.

How would you make the "ch" sound with letter combinations from this alphabet?


tshh


Wasn't there some creepy looking website years ago about a society who wanted to live by the reduced alphabet?
2013-12-29 11:12:26 AM
1 votes:

Sail The Wide Accountancy: I would prefer another kulling of letters actually.
I think we kould easily slise a few out.

A - B - D - E - F - G - H - I - K - L - M - N - O - P - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z.

I wouldn't remove the X, however, since it's the koolest letter and I don't want to have to order Eks-Men comics. Everything else kan be replaced with other letters. We're down to 23 letters in this alfabet.


How would you make the "ch" sound with letter combinations from this alphabet?
2013-12-29 11:06:42 AM
1 votes:

Sail The Wide Accountancy: I would prefer another kulling of letters actually.
I think we kould easily slise a few out.

A - B - D - E - F - G - H - I - K - L - M - N - O - P - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z.

I wouldn't remove the X, however, since it's the koolest letter and I don't want to have to order Eks-Men comics. Everything else kan be replaced with other letters. We're down to 23 letters in this alfabet.


And thus, High Gothik was kreated.
2013-12-29 10:00:40 AM
1 votes:
I think we should bring back æ. It's delightful looking, not confusing and very Anglo-Saxon-y. I like it.
2013-12-29 09:22:02 AM
1 votes:
It's not news, it's futhark.
2013-12-29 08:56:37 AM
1 votes:
C'thulu fhtagn.
2013-12-29 03:09:05 AM
1 votes:
I think this article is posted every six months or so...

It's getting to be a bit of a thorn in my side.

What?
2013-12-29 02:50:22 AM
1 votes:

Dinjiin: I wonder if there is any relationship between the English long s 'ſ' and German eszett 'ß' characters.


Yes. The eszett was essentially a ligature of long s and regular s or z (depending on regional preference), but it has since come to have its own significance in the German language.
2013-12-29 02:34:17 AM
1 votes:
I wonder if there is any relationship between the English long s 'ſ' and German eszett 'ß' characters.
2013-12-29 12:13:53 AM
1 votes:
list fails without vau and digamma
2013-12-28 11:46:48 PM
1 votes:

cman: Here's a fun fact: the name "Godwin" means "God's joy". The "win" in this word descends from "wynn".


Had do Godwin the Boobies, diddn'tcha?
 
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