A follow up to my last post on spelling. I’m a big advocate on reforming English spelling and grammar so that it makes more sense and follows pronunciation more. Fewer silly rules and exceptions. More universal rules.
The Letter “C”
Sometimes it makes an “s” sound (circus), other times it makes a “k” sound. Make up your mind! It should be mostly removed from English. The only time it should be used is with a combination of “ch”.
Old ———————- My way
Chronological makes even less sense than most words, since it has a “ch” which is pronounced like a “k”. Pronounced as it’s written it would be Chuh-ron-o-logical.
The Letter “Q”
I love the letter “Q”. I really do. It’s a really nice looking letter. So I’m more hesitant to replace this letter. However, it really does just make a “Kw” sound.
I don’t know. I still rather like “Q”.
But it looks wrong!”
That’s just because you’re used to it. There’s no “right” or “wrong” merely “agreed upon”. Rules for spelling and grammar are completely made up. They’re standards that have been proposed and then accepted. All I’m saying is that we should propose new rules. Rules that make more sense.
Writing about music is easy. Sometimes I just want to sit and listen to music and share it. Maybe I should create a separate music blog for that?
I make zero pretensions that I’m some kind of expert. I don’t really know much about music terminology or history. I just post stuff I listen to and like.
So I’m catching up with The Daily Show, since I hadn’t watched it much this week. Jason Jones is sitting down with opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
What did I notice on the wall behind Jason?
Is that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic behind him? Enhance!
Well it gosh darn is. That is strange. And here is the full image:
That’s the MLP:FiM characters combined with those stupid “meme faces” that got popular on reddit a few years back. Thankfully they’ve passed out of style, but interesting to see Russians still like them.
I have a confession to make: I hate UK and Canadian spelling rules. I much, much prefer Americanized spelling. I guess this makes me a rather unpatriotic Canadian. Here’s some examples of what I mean:
-our (UK) vs. -or (USA)
-re (UK) vs. -er (USA)
-ise (UK) vs. -ize (USA)
-yse (UK) vs. -yze (USA)
In all of these examples I prefer the American spelling since it follows how the word actually sounds. Why should I say “Centre” in English? That pronunciation makes perfect sense in French, but not English. It’s clearly “Cen-ter”. Same thing with “Color”, “organize” and so forth. Spelling should follow pronunciation.
I’m reading up a bit on spelling reform as well. I would like to go much further. The letter “x” making both a “ck” and a “z” sound bothers me. It should only be a “ck” sound. So “Xylophone” should be spelled “Zylophone”. I’m not sure how far I would go though. Since I’m not entirely comfortably with a purely phonetically spelled language. Technically “X” can be removed entirely. Yet I would not be in favor of that. But we should certainly try to reduce the confusing mess that is the English language. And remember, spelling and grammar (should it be spelled “grammer”?) are simply agreed upon conventions. There’s no reason we can’t propose new ones and have those adopted. There’s no “tradition”. It’s not about “dumbing things down”. The English language is a mess, and it should be reformed to be more rational.
I’ve also wondered if there could be some kind of Wiki-style site devoted to creating spelling and grammar standards. This would be an interesting idea. People from all over the world could discuss and debate how to spell words, and hopefully some kind of a consensus could be reached. Wiki-spelling.org perhaps? Just an idea. I have no idea if such a site would even work of if it would soon turn into a chaotic mess. Would be an interesting experiment. Hopefully a unified spelling, agreed upon by every English speaking country could then be found.