OT: or not; Favorite Misspellings

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Spelling was not considered important then.
Even family name spellings were phonetic based.
No cycles. It was never important until then.
------------ "Larry Blanchard" wrote in message
That would be the late eighteen hundreds, wouldn't it? If you go back to the writings of our founding fathers and others of that era, you'll find a total disregard of correct spelling.
As with most things, it goes in cycles :-).
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The whole spelling thing is ridiculous anyway. I know it's been posted here before but this seems like a good occasion to repost Mark Twain's take on the subject. Note there is some controversy over whether Twain/Clemens was actually the author.
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.
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OK That is enough of spelling!
What about them them Saw-stops?
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The whole spelling thing is ridiculous anyway. I know it's been posted here before but this seems like a good occasion to repost Mark Twain's take on the subject. Note there is some controversy over whether Twain/Clemens was actually the author.
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On 1/17/2012 6:48 PM, Larry W wrote:

A more recent variation on the same theme (not my own):
The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).
In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c." Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik emthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like fotograf" 20 persent shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.
By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by " v".
During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou", and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
Ze drem vil finali kum tru.
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On Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:31:41 -0500, "Mike Marlow"

Read some of the letters written by soldiers during the civil war. Accurate may not be the right word, but they are a much better read and more descriptive and elegant than typical writing today.
Language is fluid, but youth, especially, has fallen into slovenly ways using texting type abbreviations in other correspondence.
I can just see legal documents of the future
yo, dis ok? I give u stuff, u give me bux
k c u l8tr
I can tolerate the typo in informal notes, such as posting here, but at least know the proper use and spelling of common words that we used to learn in the 4th to 8th grade..
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On 1/17/2012 9:27 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

You can thank texting, ebonics, and accepting every one as equally deserving. Give some one a reward for something that they did not earn and they naturally don't try as hard.
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It all started going downhill with that Webster guy and his so-called "American Spelling" book: forgetting the "u" in colour and honour; misspelling the theatre and centre; "plow" for plough; abominations such as "soop", "mashine" and "tung" instead of soup, machine and tongue, which luckily did not fly even in the US; which led to other abominations such as "thru" for through and "vise" for vice (OBWW).
Luigi
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On 1/17/2012 7:51 AM, Mike wrote:

My reason for writing was pearly shellfish -- I only posted for the halibut.
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Abalone!! You did it on porpoise, and manta every word. Truth be known, you thought you were the sole of wit, but it was just a crappie attempt. :)
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On Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:43:37 -0800, Jim Weisgram

And let us never forget:
woo dorker cow orker
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On 1/16/2012 2:43 PM, Jim Weisgram wrote:

You loosed me on that.
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On 1/16/2012 6:34 PM, Leon wrote:

Two times ...
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And another commentary on spelling:
I have a spell checker
It came with my PC It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye can knot see
Eye ran this poem threw it Your sure real glad two no Its very polished in its own weigh My chequer tolled me sew
A cheek or is a blessing It freeze yew lodes of thyme It helps me right awl stiles two reed And aides me when aye rime
Now spilling does not phase me It does knot bring a tier My pay purrs awl due glad den With wrapped words fare as hear
To rite with care is quite a feet Of witch won should be proud And wee mussed dew the best wee can Sew flaws are knot aloud
So ewe can sea why aye dew prays Such soft wear four pea seas And why eye brake in two averse Buy righting want to please
-Author Unknown
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On Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:57:04 +0000, Larry W wrote:

And on punctuation :-).
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On Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:10:42 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard

What do you mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (arrrrgh!)
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The original was written by Jerry Yar, Dean of the Graduate School at Northwestern Illinois University, to accompany a article about the decline of writing quality as seen in Graduate School admissions essays.
In it's original glory: I have a spelling checker It came with my pea sea It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye can knot sea. Eye ran this poem threw it, Your sure reel glad two no. Its vary polished in it's weigh, My checker tolled me sew. A checker is a bless sing, It freeze yew lodes of thyme. It helps me right awl stiles two reed, And aides me when aye rime. Each frays come posed up on my screen Eye trussed too bee a joule The checker pour o'er every word To cheque sum spelling rule. Be fore a veiling checkers Hour spelling mite decline, And if were lacks or have a laps, We wood be maid to wine. Butt now bee cause my spelling Is checked with such grate flare, Their are know faults with in my cite, Of non eye am a wear. Now spelling does knot phase me, It does knot bring a tier. My pay purrs awl due glad den With wrapped words fare as hear. To rite with care is quite a feet Of witch won should be proud. And wee mussed dew the best wee can, Sew flaws are knot aloud. Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays Such soft ware four pea seas. And why I brake in two averse By righting want too pleas. -- Jerry Zar, Dean of the Graduate School Northwestern Illinois University
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On 1/16/2012 2:43 PM, Jim Weisgram wrote:

You loosed me on that.
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Jim Weisgram, vice vise Kerry
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On Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:43:37 -0800, Jim Weisgram

Cheap - inexpensive Cheep - a noise made by a young chicken
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On 01/16/2012 06:21 PM, Nova wrote:

and the always popular there/their/they're
http://www.better-english.com/easier/theyre.htm
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