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(Mental Floss)   12 letters that didn't mæke the alphabet   ( mentalfloss.com) divider line
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2012-12-16 10:01:33 AM  
3 votes:
FTA: the Old English runic alphabet, Futhark.

It died out because you had to pay 5 groats a month to use the total alphabet.
2012-12-16 12:33:50 PM  
2 votes:
2012-12-16 12:23:35 PM  
2 votes:
Missed some.

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2012-12-16 10:04:47 PM  
1 vote:
As a native spanish speaker I really would have loved you kept your runic alphabet that latin chopped to the ground. That accent you hear from us? is all the fault of using an alphabet that simply does not have the sounds english has. I love spanish, but is an incredibly poor language regarding sounds, thats why we will always pronounce "Luke" and "look" the same.

If english was written with symbols that made those differences obvious, we would improve so much regarding accent, unfortunately you learn by reading most of the time, so we end up sounding the way we sound.
2012-12-16 09:08:14 PM  
1 vote:

Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: like cursive

I learned cursive. I haven't used cursive since High School.

Bad_Seed: This is how John Donne intended his poem to have been printed.

I love that poem.
2012-12-16 04:05:47 PM  
1 vote:
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.

/Mark Twain, I think
2012-12-16 02:04:07 PM  
1 vote:

ubermensch: casual disregard: oldcub: I don't love the letter "W". Every other letter in the alphabet is one syllable, but "W" has three. To top it off, we were genius enough to put the nasty thing three times at the beginning of most web addresses.

dub dub dub dot fark dot com


"World wide web dot fark dot com". 7 syllables. Can't get much shorter.

Sure you can -- just "fark dot com". 3 syllables. No WWW FTW!
2012-12-16 01:01:00 PM  
1 vote:
I don't love the letter "W". Every other letter in the alphabet is one syllable, but "W" has three. To top it off, we were genius enough to put the nasty thing three times at the beginning of most web addresses.
2012-12-16 11:19:58 AM  
1 vote:
English is a clean-looking language without any diacritical marks, which is why I hate when Wikipedia articles use them, even in foreign names. Nevertheless, think of how much easier English would be if we made only one alphabetic change: adding schwa.

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2012-12-16 09:41:27 AM  
1 vote:
Ampersand trivia. Though it means 'and' when used in movie credits 'and' and '&' have a significant difference. '&' between two writers names means they wrote as a team and created one script. 'And' means two writers wrote a script each and elements of both were used.
2012-12-16 09:18:53 AM  
1 vote:
Here are 48 letters that didn't make the cut:
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/Alas, poor Shavian. I like the Quikscript version as well.
//Omniglot.com is a fun place for new and improved alphabets.
2012-12-16 06:57:20 AM  
1 vote:

You Latin lovers really piss me off destroying our great tongue.

/quasi trolling
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