I had a folklore professor who was really old in the 70's already, and he had a collection of 78s (really old phonograph records, for the youngsters in the readership ) of collected folklore and one was a woman telling a story about Sean the Giantkiller or some such. He asked us what we could tell about it just from the first few lines and my hand shot up (because it was prone to do so), but this one was GOOD, and very memorable for me. She was pronouncing Sean as the word for already having looked: "Seen." I said "She learned it from a book."
Right. So she didn't have that one from the oral tradition, but had jumpstarted from a written source.
I like this modern commentary on English, but when I look at it I really do appreciate how meaning is conveyed so much by the appearance of the words, in English:
It also sheds light on why "bad spelling" (wrong word choice) is so irritating to visual readers. It provides wrong information.
Kirby, the other day, was all het up about there being an apostrophe in Seasons Greetings or something on the window at the pizza place where he works. Or maybe it was Happy Holiday's. He really wanted it scraped off, but the management wasn't concerned. Kirby has never had a spelling lessons, just a few spelling conversations.
Daniel Midgley I have to show this to an ageing atheist sheik. He's eighty.
...But Leisure and Seize can do as they please.
"Weird" is weird.
"sounded as 'a'"
"science" and lots of words ending in science
"Keith" (names in general)
There are nearly 1000 English words with "ie" or "ei." Make a guess or estimate at how many of each there are.
Did you come up with two numbers? Divide nearly-1000 into two piles.
The answer is on this page. <-----Click away.
Nice animation of history of letters • Word histories • Persephone and Hermione • Writing