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Re: Co-ordinated spelling

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 22, 2000, 2:50
"H. S. Teoh" wrote:
> I have heard, however, that the Korean writing system was invented > deliberately for the sake of being "different" from Chinese.
It was invented, but that's not the reason. The main reasons were a desire for greater literacy, and a need for easy importing of foreign terms, especially connected to Buddhism and the like. It is said that the king invented it completely by himself, which, according to the book I read, is actually plausible, given his scholarly interests. -- "Their bodies did not age, but they became afeared of everything and anything. For partaking in any activity at all could threaten their precious and ageless bodies! ... Their victory over death was a hollow one." ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor