Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:30 pm Post
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:15 pm Post
No true Englishman would use Websters! It's in Chambers, though, fyixiamenese wrote:which Webster seems not to have understood!
Here, here.xiamenese wrote:People think English spelling is random. Actually it's morphemic, representing not just sound but also meaning. The trouble is the that point at which the morphemes were distinct phonemically is back in the Dark and Middle Ages. "Knight" and "night" are now pronounced the same, but they weren't … 'knecht' and 'night'. Turning them both – or as far as I'm concerned, either of them – into 'nite' <ugh!>, as well as imposing phonemic spelling on much of our rich vocabulary would lose much of the richness of the language.
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:13 pm Post
auxbuss wrote:<snip> …
(Aside: Chambers dict & thesaurus apps are available on iOS, and utterly brilliant for every writer. They're the only reason I have an iPhone.)
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:34 am Post
kewms wrote:auxbuss wrote:No true Englishman would use Websters! It's in Chambers, though, fyixiamenese wrote:which Webster seems not to have understood!
Americans, of course, are required to pretend that no alternatives to Webster exist.
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:24 pm Post
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