Group of protestors call for simplifying of words

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04 Jun 2010, 12:14 am

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100603/ap_ ... ee_protest


Sounds like a bunch of parents whose children suck at spelling if you ask me. Froot, seriously? Don't most of our modern English words come from Latin?



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04 Jun 2010, 9:33 am

They should all be sent to prison. And their stay should be paid for by their families. Dumbing down of words, what nonsense.



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04 Jun 2010, 10:25 am

Absolutely ridiculous, the English language is dumbed down enough already.
Modern English is mostly a mix of Germanic and Latin languages.



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04 Jun 2010, 10:43 am

Dis is gr8. I don't know wat ur suposed 2 be ding by saying dis is wrng.


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04 Jun 2010, 10:47 am

Fehndrix wrote:
Don't most of our modern English words come from Latin?


Not really. English is a Germanic language at heart (though it has taken a path of its own), but with some Celtic vocabulary from the Britons, a huge Romance (i.e. Latin derived) vocabulary courtesy of the Normans, a smaller North Germanic vocabulary courtesy of the Vikings and with most scientific terms in Latin, Greek or, oddly, both together (e.g. "television"). Both Romance and Germanic languages ultimately derive from PIE, so they are related.

English does have a huge amount of nonsensical spelling and the standardisation of spelling has been somewhat random, so I'm cautiously in favour of reform (but practically it'd be a nightmare.)

It has been attempted before. Webster did it and managed to blag enough people into buying his book, which is the main reason why American English and British English use different spellings ("the standardization of spelling has been somewhat random, so I'm cautiously in favor of reform"). He didn't do a good job, and his simplifications generally either miss the mark (as would some of the ones proposed in that article; "fruit" to "froot" loses some of the pronunciation) or don't go far enough, but the idea is a good one.


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04 Jun 2010, 10:57 am

Tell them to learn Spanish. With a few exceptions all Spanish words are spelled the way they sound.


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04 Jun 2010, 11:22 am

That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. :roll:


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04 Jun 2010, 11:23 am

What do we want? Shorter words! When do we want them? Instantaneously!


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04 Jun 2010, 11:46 am

A oluejs fot zat inglish is od ritn bat a fynk dej uont get sakcess.
Uords kan bi long bat normali ritn. A oftn dont nou hau tu spel.
End dis is de best uej to rajt! Pipu, rajz end folou mi!
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Uont sympu ritn uords? Kom tu Poland, Shermani or Spejn! Uelkam!
Awojt Frans, dej haf de most krejzi speling in de uorld! Mor den ju! Rili!

Dis protest rimajnds mi de Futurists Manifest. Dej uonted tu rimuw ortografi ruls.


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04 Jun 2010, 4:43 pm

This deserves the WTF response.


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04 Jun 2010, 4:53 pm

Moog wrote:
What do we want? Shorter words! When do we want them? Instantaneously!


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04 Jun 2010, 5:07 pm

:lol:


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05 Jun 2010, 3:18 pm

This sounds double plus ungood.


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05 Jun 2010, 3:35 pm

They can f*** off.

That simple enough?



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05 Jun 2010, 3:42 pm

SabbraCadabra wrote:
This sounds double plus ungood.


I love that book.


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05 Jun 2010, 11:50 pm

are you sure this isn't from the Onion?...;)


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