Re: Sidestepping Spelling Reform
|From:||Ph. D. <phild@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 2, 2004, 4:00|
John Cowan wrote:
> As I said in an earlier posting, D doesn't cluster with anything else
> in English. As for #Tl, it all changed to fl in West and North Germanic:
> Gothic þliuhan = German fliehen = English flee.
> A thly and a thlea in a thlue
> Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
> Said the thly, "Let us thlee!"
> Said the thlea, "Let us thly!"
> So they thlew through a thlaw in the thlue.
> (Not that we likely have the slightest idea of the Gothic for fly, flea,
> flaw, or flue.)
The version I learned had line four reversed so lines three
and four rhymed. That is,
Said the thly, "Let us thlee!"
"Let us thly!" said the thlea.