interesting program about the growth of english on ITV in the UK. the part about how the spelling of certain/most words was decided on, seemed to lend itself to tossing a coin
"stoney" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news://email@example.com... > On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 16:48:34 -0800, "Mark K. Bilbo" > <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Message ID: > <email@example.com> wrote in alt.atheism; > > >On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 20:12:26 +0000, "JaR" <firstname.lastname@example.org> in <KQKM9.email@example.com> proclaimed to the world... > > > >> "Mark K. Bilbo" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message > >> news://email@example.com... > >>> On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 09:00:43 +0000, A N Neil > >>> Actually, I always thought it rather just grew. Kind of like mold in > >>> those corners of the shower that you just can't ever seem to get > >>> completely clean... > >>> -- > >> > >> LOLOLOL A perfect description of the process :-D > >> > > > >It's a *very odd language with a very curious history. And, > >interestingly enough, seemed to have done much of its growing when it > >was the language of the common folk everybody sneered at. > > > >I always get an image of the Normans complaining that once you get > >Anglish in the lawn, you just *never can root it out entirely... > > ROFL!!!!! > > OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, SSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNYYYYYY!!!! > Check the above out...... > -- > > Stoney > "Designated Rascal and Rapscallion > and > SCAMPERMEISTER!" > > When in doubt, SCAMPER about! > When things are fair, SCAMPER everywhere! > When things are rough, can't SCAMPER enough!