[LMB] OT: More words that I HATE!!

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 01:20:02 BST 2020


My problem with spelling began when I was enrolled in a British run
elementary school in Brazil.  When we moved back to Missouri I had to
unlearn everything I learned. I still want to spell color with a U.

On Tue, Sep 29, 2020, 9:35 AM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:52:25 -0600, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >> On Sep 28, 2020, at 3:20 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> >>
> >>>> Webster set out, with malice aforethought, to establish non-British
> >>>> spellings.
> >>>> --
> >>>> Whenever people say 'we mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it
> >>>> they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'we must
> >>>> be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it.  -
> Brigid Antonia Brophy
> >>>
> >>> What on Earth is wrong with dropping a 'u' other that it may be
> >>> non-British??
> >>
> >> Potayto, potahto.  The point was, it was done to be different, rather
> >> than to be "correct”.
> >
> >I’ve read that there are periodic attempts for “simplified” spelling.   I
> wouldn’t say those are to be different.   I think Webster’s was for that
> purpose.
>
> "His goal was to provide a uniquely American approach to training
> children. His most important improvement, he claimed, was to rescue "our
> native tongue" from "the clamour[30] of pedantry" that surrounded
> English grammar and pronunciation. He complained that the English
> language had been corrupted by the British aristocracy, which set its
> own standard for proper spelling and pronunciation."
> --
> Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society.
> If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people
> for drugs,
>  we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
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