Re: Another tongue-in-cheek spelling reform
|From:||Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, April 21, 2005, 5:57|
--- # 1 <salut_vous_autre@...> wrote:
> Gary Shannon wrote:
> >Rather than go in the direction of increased
> >and phonetic precision, why not move in the
> >of increased ambiguity and phonetic confusion?
> Great! I find it really more interesting than the
> reforms everybody talked
> about last days!
> When a vowel is kept, should I infer it is the
> stressed one? the one that's
> important enough for deserving being kept?
> Or maybe not, it would too much regular :-P
That's what I had in mind.
> Would a compound made of a word beggining in |ph|
> placed after another keep
> the |ph| or would it change to |gh| for keeping it
> confusing and regular?
Good question. I'm not sure.
> >Most short words (two, three and four letters) have
> >arbitrary spelling that must simply be memorized,
> >although they generally follow more of the rules
> >they break, except when they break more rules than
> >they follow.
> LOL "They follow more than they break unless they
> break more than they
> The thing I notice is that you get stuck with a lot
> a words that are spelled
> the same
> In your example: "Pgg wn yv td haggz t bochr fr td
> fyzd tmarro."
> "wn" may also be "won", "yv" may be "I've" (that's
> what I tought of first,
> and I'd still do so considering the next rule for
> contractions), "td" may be
> "toad", and "fr" may be "fry" (but it may have a
> regular spelling and be
> spelled "phr" considering it's a less basic word)
> You probably can't get rid of all words that are
> spelled the same
Maybe "when" needs to be "wnn"?
I thought "toad" would be "tod" since I saved "o" for
all the rounded sort of vowel sounds.
As for "fry" I figured to keep terminal "y", so it
would be "phry".
> >"sung" are spelled "syng" and "syngh" for no
> >particular reason, and must be learned by rote.
Especially one as ambiguous as this!
> That's cool! All languages need some spellings that
> are there "for no
> particular reason" ;-P
> >(rule book continues for 147 more pages giving
> >arbitrary rules and their many, many conflicting
> Rly ytrstng! (Is that this?)
> - Max
I might have gone with "ryly" for "really", since
initial, long, and stressed vowels are all spelled
"y". (Also, don't forget the "n" in yntrstng". :)