Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I read this and was furious. Then I read the comments at the bottom and laughed like a demented coffee maker. Bloody ridiculous idea: yes, English is an illogical and irrationally spelled language but when you've got the hang of it it's the most beautiful thing around. I love the way we have a "eau" which in no way follows the French. Or even itself. Or indeed any kind of rational thought pattern. I love the fact you can mix round all the letters in it and still read it. I just adore its words: vexed, coruscating, flim-flammery, favourite, amazing, blazing, lashes, enzymes, mitochondria. Luscious. Germany apparently tried to rejig their spelling a few years ago and ended up with excess f's. Bleurgh.