|Comments on Tuesday 2 March 2004:|
|I want a more phonetic alphabet. I like being able to write "sil vous plait" as "sill vows plate" and thus clearly encompass the deliberate mispronunciation; I dislike there being no way to write "Jung" that will be read such that it's pronounced how it's spelt rather than like "Yüng". The only spelling that should be pronounced with a hard J is the correct spelling. Stupid name. Stupid alphabet.
|I think all the accents and extra letters in words come from achaic pronunciations, so when the words were created, they were spelled phonetically. For example, take the word "knife". It was once pronounced "ka-NIF-ee" (hee). I think people just decided not to change things with pronunciation.|
On a semi-related note, they made "NYOO-kyu-lar" a correct pronunciation of the word "nuclear," which is supposed to be said "NOO-klee-ar." Guess which famous, word-slaughtering American was behind it?
|Well Webster's usually the American chap who slaughters words, but I imagine nyoo-kyu-lar will have been the work of some president or other. Which one doesn't really matter, since they're all pretty much the same. Except that a couple of them have beards.|
|I know I pronounce it like "k-ny-ff" and also propnounce the g in words like gnome and gnat("g-no-m" and "g-nat").|
|I pronounced knife the Old English way for a few weeks - really freaked out some of my weaker-minded classmates. That was fun.|
As for the American - three clues.
1. He ran for office on his daddy's name.
2. He lost the election but won the office.
3. He scrunches up his eyebrows when he's thinking because he's trying to rub what two brain cells he has together to create enough friction for thought-energy.
|True, Ms. Spam, but he's got some really sound foreign policy, don't you feel?|
|^ Yeah, you think he'll be able to pull bin laden out of a rabbit hole too before November?|
|Didn't you know? They already have foudn him...they're just holding him in complete secrecy, waiting for teh rigth time to pull him out and parade him around.|
|Yeah, they're either going to wait until Kerry is well ahead in the popularity polls or until right before the election, so that people don't know much about the actual capture- just that Osama was captured.|
|I wonder if they'll pull Cheney out of the undisclosed location too, miraculously recovered from however many bypasses he must have had by now?|
|^^. Nice one, Ms. Spam. Maybe he really died from a heart-attack and Bush doens't want to tell anyone, hence, he's in an undisclosed location. *shrugs* A girl can dream, can't she?|
|*sigh* If only...|