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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
jdege

13 years ago

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
dsman195276

Reply 13 years ago

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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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

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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dsman195276
dsman195276

Reply 13 years ago

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

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

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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dsman195276
dsman195276

Reply 13 years ago

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

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

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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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

13 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

? :-) ?

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

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

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tomonto
tomonto

Reply 13 years ago

puzzling? possibly thats what i thought it was.

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

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
AnarchistKid

13 years ago

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

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dsman195276
dsman195276

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

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
guyfrom7up

Reply 13 years ago

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
dsman195276

Reply 13 years ago

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
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

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

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dsman195276
dsman195276

Reply 13 years ago

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

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westfw
westfw

Reply 13 years ago

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

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

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

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 13 years ago

nonono, an s can sometimes sound like a z

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chooseausername
chooseausername

13 years ago

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

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

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