Re: [mythsoc] plots and pocket framistans
- Probably not an exact quote - I never trusted a man who spelled a word
the same way twice. - Mark Twain.
He was actually putting down the "Highly Educated" who would put down
the common man whose spelling was not as dictionary perfect but whose
thoughts were none the less valid and well said (if not well spelled).
Though I have to admit, I think that English spelling could be
simplified from what it currently is. Night and Nite for example. I
don't prounounce the gutteral in Night unless speaking Old/Middle
English and need it for a rhyming or rhythm reason. And I don't think
anyone else here does either.
And we must remember that the shorthand used in text messaging in e-mail
or on our cell phones is just that, short hand. I've typed things into
my cell phone and if "C U L8R" takes care of it, all the better. And I
Like <BEG>! ;-) That's Big Evil Grin and a Wink for those still
learning the short hand.
- Just saw this in today's NYTimes email (free registration required; link
isn't free in about a week):
Going at the Changes in, Ya Know, English
By EMILY EAKIN
In his new book, "Doing Our Own Thing," the linguist and
cultural critic John McWhorter paints an elaborate picture
of a culture in linguistic upheaval.
Once again, mythies are ahead of the curve!
John (lurker since the GEnie days)