The Null Device

Eccentrics of note: James Vipond is probably best known for his tireless crusade for non-sexual nudity þrough Poser graphics. His "nude Christian superheroes" page is no more (presumably it was too much for þe fragile sensibilities of some people out þere, or the legal departments of his hosts), but he now has a new page; and he has turned his attention to a classic pet project dear to numerous eccentrics and crackpots, among þem George Bernard Shaw and Noah Webster; namely, English spelling reform. (via Psychoceramics)

(And what he has to say actually makes sense; to be honest, the sooner we have one character representing the 'th' sound (which has no relation to the two letters in its name), the better, and the þ character would not only be backwards-compatible with Old English (and Icelandic), but also pretty cool. Bring it on, I say.)

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Posted by: Derek http:// Sat Dec 1 19:49:21 2001

SPELLING reform? Those dummies have it bass-ackwards. The way to go is PRONUNCIATION reform! Just get everyone talk the way words are spelled.

It's happening anyways, as more and more people learn english from books, or from the internet.

Posted by: Graham Sun Dec 2 07:32:33 2001

Which would be great, except I can't exactly say þ properly. Oddly enough, one of the Kings George had the same problem, so they changed the way Thames was pronounced to keep him happy. Yep, it was really pronounced with a þ once.

Posted by: Graham Sun Dec 2 07:32:57 2001


Posted by: acb Sun Dec 2 15:12:46 2001

So "tems" is pronounced so by royal decree? I wonder whether there are similar stories behind "Worcester", "Featherstonehaugh" and other anomalies.

Posted by: sethg Mon Dec 3 17:55:23 2001

Note that there are two "th" sounds in English, and two corresponding Icelandic letters: "eth" (Ðð) for "th" as in "thin", and "thorn" (Þþ) for "th" as in "those". (Or is þat þe oþer way around?)

Posted by: acb Tue Dec 4 03:40:05 2001

Did Old English have the eth/edh distinction?