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Predictshunz 4 2000 frm 1990

K h00t!:

There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. Russian will rank second.”

C,Q–ok! But X? wtf? No haxxors n 1900, imho.

& Russia? wft? Xhina #2. English #1, ok. (English #1 in 1900, I spek).



2 responses to “Predictshunz 4 2000 frm 1990

  1. Michael H. April 20, 2007 at 12:37 am

    I thought that was a very nice list! More true than I expected.

    The particular one you pick on here sounds like it was pretty popular at the time — I’d read about Mark Twain being credited with what I thought was a parody of “simplified spelling”, but I found this page via Google & the Language Log which says there was much more than I’d ever imagined going on there.

    I miss pneumatic tubes! But the interweb is better.

  2. Paul L May 7, 2007 at 11:48 am

    There was a Quaker sociologist in Chicago, alas now deceased I believe, named Ken Ives, who published pamphlets and other writings using simplified spellings and special characters for dipthongs. He had even calculated how much space would be saved in a typical document.

    It was hard to read at first, but I got used to it. (It really wasn’t that much harder than reading 17th century Quaker writings — especially by George Fox — where spelling was irregular and phonetic. While his testimony didn’t come close to convincing me, I did admire his audacity and persistence.

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