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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:28 PM
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...moving to new thread here in General Chit-Chat from ATS Thread post


Lets talk about euthanasia, suiside...

Off-tangent post... I like how you spelled suiside. It should be spelt that way, IMO. The english language (native english speaker here) is very inconsistent. It's a pet peeve of mine.

Why does the letter 'c' sometimes sound like 's'? If it sounds like 's'... I have a brilliant plan... use 's'?
I must be a genius....


Why do we have 'c' and 'k'.... when many times, they have the same sound?

Why do we have 'x'... when all that it is... is the sound of 'ks' and 'cts'? Ex: sax = sacks, sex = secks (ETA: = sects....Why?
kinda crazy )

Why does 'q' always have to have a 'u' following it? Why is 'q' so special that way, in that it's the only letter with that kind of rule- where another letter must accompany it?

The letter 'y' is unnecessary in words like cry, fly, try. 'ie' would do nicely.
'y' is necessary in words like grey, slay, may, however.

Our society is so 'sophisticated', supposedly... but people who look at our alphabet probably wonder if a child invented some of the letters.
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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:37 PM
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It's the code.


Every written language has it's own set of rules, and English is no different.


Also, I find it to be a good way of separating the educated from the dullards.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:38 PM
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Because ours is an amalgam of many different languages which had evolved over thousands of years.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:43 PM
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Read "The Mother Tongue" by Bill Bryson.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:43 PM
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Because it probably latin or soemthing. Englsih should have kept to scandinavian,e, or it's own original languag . Självmord or Selvmord sounds better.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:43 PM
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Originally posted by Unrealised
It's the code.


Every written language has it's own set of rules, and English is no different.


Also, I find it to be a good way of separating the educated from the dullards.


So, a sign of intelligence is to use english letters non-intuitively? That makes the user intelligent?

I would say that the english alphabet, in this day and age, should be much more intuitive to use than it is at the moment. That would be a sign of intelligence.


Originally posted by ZeroReady

Because ours is an amalgam of many different languages which had evolved over thousands of years.

If that's true, then the evolution of our alphabet is a downward spiral.
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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:48 PM
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If you have a problem with using our language, with all of it's inherent beauty, then perhaps you should write phonetically, or 'intuitively' as you put it, and come across as a dullard, as referenced by me.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:50 PM
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The dullards are those who obey the rules established by others.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:53 PM
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Originally posted by Avgudar
The dullards are those who obey the rules established by others.



Not when it comes to using something like a written language that is created so that we may converse using words.



Don't try to use your 'anti-sheeple' sentiment in a thread about words, it makes you look like a Dullard.


It just doesn't count.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:55 PM
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Originally posted by Unrealised

Originally posted by Avgudar
The dullards are those who obey the rules established by others.



Not when it comes to using something like a written language that is created so that we may converse using words.



Don't try to use your 'anti-sheeple' sentiment in a thread about words, it makes you look like a Dullard.


It just doesn't count.
Me no dullard for exercising out of box though. You dullard for believing ignorance equals stupidity.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 05:57 PM
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Originally posted by Unrealised
If you have a problem with using our language, with all of it's inherent beauty...

inherent beauty???
Try ugly.... ya.. that's a better word for it.

The words we use... yes. Unsurpassed. English is the most expressive language in the world, AFAIK.

The letters used to make those words... There's lots of room for improvement.
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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 06:00 PM
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Originally posted by Avgudar

Originally posted by Unrealised

Originally posted by Avgudar
The dullards are those who obey the rules established by others.



Not when it comes to using something like a written language that is created so that we may converse using words.



Don't try to use your 'anti-sheeple' sentiment in a thread about words, it makes you look like a Dullard.


It just doesn't count.
Me no dullard for exercising out of box though. You dullard for believing ignorance equals stupidity.



Ignorance isn't the same as being uneducated,



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 06:52 PM
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I before E, except after C, and when it sounds like A.
A friend of mine used to argue with her teachers over how to spell her last name - it broke that rule.

Another oddity is desert and dessert.
They are opposite of the rules. Both are pronounced as the other one.

Consistency only works when it's consistent



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 06:57 PM
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Originally posted by Avgudar
The dullards are those who obey the rules established by others.


Now that's a weird word.
"dullard"

It looks even weirder when it's used repeatedly....



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 07:06 PM
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Then you have all the words that are spelled differently and mean different things but are pronounced exactly the same way. For example - pear, pare, pair, real, reel etc.



posted on Dec, 6 2012 @ 05:04 AM
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English is quite strange threw and through!
Though
Thou
Thought
Thorough
Rough
Taught
Taut

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posted on Dec, 6 2012 @ 07:57 AM
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you think the english alphabet is strange, try learning the welsh one lmao.
dd = th
en.wikipedia.org...

Oes rhywun yma sy'n siarad Saesneg?



posted on Dec, 6 2012 @ 07:18 PM
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Originally posted by happykat39
Then you have all the words that are spelled differently and mean different things but are pronounced exactly the same way. For example - pear, pare, pair, real, reel etc.



Originally posted by wiser3
English is quite strange threw and through!
Though
Thou
Thought
Thorough
Rough
Taught
Taut

Ah yes, the homonym problem.


Similar sounding words- homonyms, are most likely the outcome of similar sounding letters.

...If some of the letters in English sound the same.... who should be surprised that the same goes for words.





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