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13 February 2014 @ 06:37 am
I put a spell on you  
We used to hear a lot about simplified spelling. Why don't we just spell words phonetically, the way they sound? Well, for two good reasons:

1. That would cover up the subtle relationships in the derivation of words.

2. One person's clear, obvious phonetic spelling is another person's funny dialect writing.

Computers have solved that problem.

Thanx to Chronicle
et in Arcadia egoboo: Sacred Chaoapostle_of_eris on February 13th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, "phonetic" only works if you can mimic the accent of the writer . . .