The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.
The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou"
and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a rel sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
i wonder how my GG board experience would improve if i put you on ignore. i keep reading your posts with the hope of learning something important but i'm always dissapointed.
you are a hyper fellow with nothing of much value to offer. what a shame? all that energy wasted. how many shares of GG do you own? i wonder.
You forgot to mention the last part:
COPYRIGHT 1998 Point Foundation
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Euroenglish - English becomes the official language of the European Union, with some modifications to accommodate phonetics - Brief Article
Whole Earth, Fall, 1998
Bo great piece, but it brought to mind the job of the main character in 1984. His duties were to get rid of all thos pesky long words as well like why use magnificent, when very good would do as well.
Around the beginning of what is known as Modern English, the vowels started to change in their pronunciation. Whereas in Chaucer's day, they were all pronounced like the rest of the European languages and Latin, they began to change in 15th, 16th century into pretty much how we pronounce them now. (In Chaucer, all those "silent e's" are not silent.)
Language, which is basically the spoken version, is always dynamic and changing. But the written version changes less. So while the pronuciation changed, the spelling most often did not. This did not deter Shakespeare, Milton and many others from spelling words in many different ways, sometimes the same word in several ways, often in a way that reflected the true pronunciation.
You can thank 18th century anglican bishops for deeming that there must be "rules" for spelling and grammar since language was a divine gift.
Anyway, now in many many cases the spelling does not reflect the pronunciation, which makes English even tougher for foreigners to learn and children to spell. So in fact a spelling overhaul would be desirable.
English is just a great language because it is so flexible and gobbles up words from every other language, but its spelling stinks.