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this question has been pusaleing me all day if we have "c" in english , why do we have "k"? they both make the same sound.

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jdege (author)2008-02-20

Mark Twain noticed this, quite a while ago, and offered improvements:

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

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.

Mark Twain

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dsman195276 (author)jdege2008-02-20

the only thing i aggree with on that is to get rid of x. i dont even know the sound it makes.

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i dont even know the sound it makes.

This makes ks, like in K'nex (Koneks), or texte (tekst).

What's your first language ???? =o)

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what about xlaphone ? sorry i cant spell that word(i never use it)and my first language is english.

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That's xylophone.
I'm not sure about how it is pronounced in English, but in French (that's the same word) we pronounce it : kzeelofon' or kseelofon' .......

So, I guess that you're supposed to pronounce it ksailofon '

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we pronuce the x as a z for z-I-la-phone

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chooseausername (author)jdege2008-02-20

LOL !! I'm sure Mark Twain did not imagine there would be so many peoples writing like that on the internet and on their cellphones !!

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No kidding. The sad thing is that letter was actually more legible than a lot of stuff I have seen online.

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Goodhart (author)2008-02-20

ps: I am having troubles finding pusaleing in my dictionary... ;-)

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chooseausername (author)Goodhart2008-02-20

I'd interpret it as a "pursuing" but I can't be 100% sure ..................

...... is "pursuing" actually pronounced pusaleing ????? =o]

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Goodhart (author)chooseausername2008-02-20

I bet that is correct, but it was not really apparent to me at first.

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tomonto (author)Goodhart2008-02-20

puzzling? possibly thats what i thought it was.

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chooseausername (author)tomonto2008-02-20

Oh yes ! This seems to be phonetically closer. =o)

pusale(ing) ; puzale(ing) ; puzzle(ing)

Ok, +1 point for you Tomonto ! =o)

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AnarchistKid (author)2008-02-20

im almost ashamed to have found this topic, have you never used a word like "city"? seriously dude.

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dsman195276 (author)AnarchistKid2008-02-20

sorry. i was not thinking about words like that. just that they make the same sound.

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Goodhart (author)2008-02-20

Here's one for you; the modern "J" sound was was not associated with the letter J until a few centuries ago. Since it is of German origin, it was considered a "yut" If one looks at the original manuscripts of document from the early 18th century, one finds no J's, but all the words one would spell with a J have a I
Iesus, Ioseph, Koiach, etc.

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guyfrom7up (author)dsman1952762008-02-19

a c can sound like and s a k sounds like kah then why do we need a c? for stuff like ch combinations church oppose to khurkh lol

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dsman195276 (author)guyfrom7up2008-02-19

ok. i forgot about how a c can sound like a s. thank you. i was just thinking about that and did not have a answer.

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tech-king (author)dsman1952762008-02-19

if c can sound like s, why do we need s?

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dsman195276 (author)tech-king2008-02-19

because c only sounds like s when it is before e.

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westfw (author)dsman1952762008-02-20

cilia, acacia, Caesar, Caesarian, acid, cycle...

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tech-king (author)dsman1952762008-02-19

so. just put e, then c, instead of s. actually, im just trying to keep the debate going.

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guyfrom7up (author)tech-king2008-02-20

nonono, an s can sometimes sound like a z

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westfw (author)2008-02-20

You need "c" for the "ch" sound.
You've seen The bit attributed to Mark Twain, right?

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chooseausername (author)2008-02-20

And what about Q ? And why do you call W 'double U' instead of 'double V' ?

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NachoMahma (author)2008-02-19

. Not all Cs are hard Cs. Some are soft.

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