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20th May '16 6:48:14 AM Jhimmibhob
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** I do wish that English would use a few limited diacritical marks, which could really help clear up some confusing things about the written language. Just as an example: use ''read'' for the present tense of the verb, and ''rèad'' for the past tense; ''lead'' for the verb, and ''lèad'' for the metal. It could even be optional. Now, this would probably end up adding inconsistencies on top of an already-huge pile of inconsistencies, but I think the benefits would outweigh the drawbacks. (And yes, I know it's about as unlikely to happen as any other English spelling reform.)
19th May '16 6:03:53 PM erforce
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* Why is "ain't" shunned, even when used in first person, like in "if that was a joke, why ain't I laughing?" or "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} I ain't afraid of no ghost]]" (and yes, the double negative is still a mistake)? It would be very handy as a contraction for "am not". On the other hand, if the contraction for "am I not?" is "aren't I?", why is "I aren't" still wrong?

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* Why is "ain't" shunned, even when used in first person, like in "if that was a joke, why ain't I laughing?" or "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} "[[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} I ain't afraid of no ghost]]" (and yes, the double negative is still a mistake)? It would be very handy as a contraction for "am not". On the other hand, if the contraction for "am I not?" is "aren't I?", why is "I aren't" still wrong?
6th Jan '16 9:04:53 AM jbr
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** Yeah, I'd say this guy nailed it. For more info on the various problems with reform, go read [[http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/ortho.html Spelling Reform: And the Real Reason It's Impossible]], by Justin B. Rye.

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** Yeah, I'd say this guy nailed it. For more info on the various problems with reform, go read [[http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/ortho.[[http://jbr.me.uk/ortho.html Spelling Reform: And the Real Reason It's Impossible]], by Justin B. Rye.
31st Oct '15 1:29:36 AM SenseiLeRoof
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** Because the apostrophe is there to replace the missing '''letter''', not the space.
*** Which doesn't explain "won't", from will not, we will drop the 'ill' then reverse the n and o, then stick an apostrophe in there

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** Because the apostrophe is there to replace the missing '''letter''', '''letter(s)''', not the space.
*** Which doesn't explain "won't", from will not, we will drop the 'ill' then reverse the n and o, then stick an apostrophe in therethere.
*** Dictionary.com says "won't" was first recorded as "wynnot", then "wonnot", and from there "won't". It still applies, you just have to do some research.
27th Oct '15 8:24:24 PM laserviking42
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*** Which doesn't explain "won't", from will not, we will drop the 'ill' then reverse the n and o, then stick an apostrophe in there
28th Sep '15 8:28:07 AM Jhimmibhob
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**** "Y'all" is singular. The plural form of "y'all," used when addressing a group of people collectively, is: "all y'all." Go figure...
27th Sep '15 7:16:11 PM pwiegle
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**** "Y'all" is singular. The plural form of "y'all," used when addressing a group of people collectively, is: "all y'all." Go figure...
20th Sep '15 10:22:06 PM Helgatwb
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**** I was given all of these rules as stylistic advice in the sixth grade. Later on, when people tried to tell me these were hard-and-fast rules, I laughed.
5th Jun '15 10:18:51 PM SenseiLeRoof
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** It should be pronounced "K" yes, but what words specifically have a q not followed by a u? Maybe stranger is that words like "unique" end with "que", but are pronounced with a hard "K" sound. Wouldn't "uniq" or "uniqe" make sense?

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** It should be pronounced "K" yes, but what words specifically have a q not followed by a u? Maybe stranger is that words like "unique" end with "que", but are pronounced with a hard "K" sound. Wouldn't "uniq" or "uniqe" make sense?sense?
*** Iraq, Iraqi, faqir... there are a number of others. This particular rant was triggered by a reminder of the scene in ''Game of Thrones'' where Daenerys first reaches Qarth and says it wrong. (Which is kinda funny in itself, since shouldn't the Westerosi lands have their own alphabets?)
3rd Jun '15 12:54:57 PM Ruise
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* Why do people, ''especially native speakers'', insist on trying to pronounce Q not followed by U as though it were? It should be eye-stabbingly obvious that the U is responsible for the "w" part of the "kw" sound, so a Q without it should logically just be "k"!

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* Why do people, ''especially native speakers'', insist on trying to pronounce Q not followed by U as though it were? It should be eye-stabbingly obvious that the U is responsible for the "w" part of the "kw" sound, so a Q without it should logically just be "k"!"k"!
** It should be pronounced "K" yes, but what words specifically have a q not followed by a u? Maybe stranger is that words like "unique" end with "que", but are pronounced with a hard "K" sound. Wouldn't "uniq" or "uniqe" make sense?
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