17 comments for “Ozy and Millie: Millie’s cause

  1. Miss Mudd, when you’ve stopped ʃoutiŋ, spare a þought for Llewellyn and ðe Loch Ness Monster.

    • We’ll, there’s x freed up from [xs], LL is still an issue, but isn’t it, anyway? Dragons may get that right more easily than me 🙂
      And yes, IPA for the win!

      • It gets far worse. In Welsh, Llew is pronounced “Khem,” for reasons that probably cannot be written with the Roman alphabet.

      • True, some character-sets use x to represent kh as in loch (English isn’t one of them!). However, many others including IPA use it for the very different ch as in rich. The latter seems more common, and therefore the better to retain. Perhaps kh could be represented by rounding the top of x with half an o?
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        • Art sort-of worked, tag-closing didn’t! Sorry! [If Admins tidy up the above comment, feel free to delete this one.]

  2. A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
    by Mark Twain
    For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which “c” would be retained would be the “ch” formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform “w” spelling, so that “which” and “one” would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish “y” replasing it with “i” and Iear 4 might fiks the “g/j” anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez “c”, “y” and “x” — bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez — tu riplais “ch”, “sh”, and “th” rispektivli. Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

  3. X is a number, not a letter.
    Ask Cat. And my all-knowing subconscious.
    But not Four, they’re still in denial.

    • Oh yeah, and ask X, but expect a lot of screaming on my behalf. I scream a lot. And X is… a bit eccentric. But I’m way more eccentric! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  4. The concept of eliminating redundant letters in the English language actually predates Millie by many generations.

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