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[Jan. 3rd, 2004|03:46 pm]
Nite Mirror
Was it just yesterday that I told someone that it was raining and in the mid 50's here? It eventually hit a record high of 61 yesterday I heard. Well, now the forecast is for rapidly dropping temperatures and a "significant" snow storm for tonight. A regular snow storm I wouldn't mind, but I don't know about a significant one; whatever that means.
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I have been debating if I should fight the crowds and see the new LOTR movie tonight or wait till mid-week when the crowds will hopefully be smaller. I'm leaning toward fighting the crowds tonight.
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Last night I was just listening to a radio show whose topic was "the use and abuse of the English language." It's a topic that this radio show visits twice a year or so. Anyway, one of the things mentioned was the Chicago Tribune's failed attempt at spelling reform which occurred 30 some years ago. I decided to do some research into this issue. My search lead me to the rite spelling site.

I cant make up my mind if i like this simplafid spelling or not. Wat do u think? (Altho it is simaler tu how I used tu spel as a kid.)

other websites I looked at on this topic:

http://www.freespeling.com/
http://home.vicnet.net.au/~ozideas/spelling.htm
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From: joyofmacs
2004-01-03 02:11 pm (UTC)

Thank You

For the cheerful get well card you sent via the snail mail.

it was much appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2004-01-03 09:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Thank You

You're welcome. I was hoping you'd be well recovered by the time it arrived.
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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2004-01-03 05:27 pm (UTC)
Right away I see a problem. I would pronounce "wat" with an "ah" sound, if seen without the context/not known in advance. Part of the reason spelling gets complicated is the need to make distinctions between words. For example, know might be spelled no...but then how would we spell no?

I think what would really help is if people were given more of the real rules. (The kind of stuff you learn studying phonetics and linguistics.) And, yeah, some words get a bit nuts, mostly because they're crossing lingual lines. :)
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2004-01-03 09:22 pm (UTC)
Well, I wasn't exactly following the rules of that "new" spelling either (at least the ones on the "ritespeling" website). After reading it a little closer "know" should have been "kno," and I'm not sure I (mis)spelled some of the other words I used the way they would have either.

As for spelling it phonetically, that is what they are attempting, but as they pointed out there are many different regional ways to pronounce some words which can cause confusion and recommend the traditional spelling if there is any doubt about someone not understanding.
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[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2004-01-04 08:57 am (UTC)
*grin* 'Sokay, it doesn't change the general gist. I mean, is it really any better to spell it "kno" instead of "know"? Definitely not a simple yes or no question. Which is the point...as you note about regional differences...language is complicated, and there's no quick fix for that. :)
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