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Old 05-09-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Can someone find me that essay that talks about fixing the english language?

The one that starts out in english and as the author fixes what he thinks should be changed the launguage becomes more and more like german-english.

I think it was done by Mark Twain but I'm not sure.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:53 PM   #2
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I know what you're talking about, and I have it in my e-mail archives somewhere . . .
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:54 PM   #3
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I know what you're talking about, and I have it in my e-mail archives somewhere . . .
Post it! Quick!
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #4
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Nope, that was all I could find as well.
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:18 PM   #7
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Orwell maybe?
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:33 PM   #8
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Orwell maybe?
Couldn't find it on Google with that.

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Old 05-09-2007, 07:36 PM   #9
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Mark Twain did indeed write an actual essay:

http://german.about.com/library/blmtwain01.htm

but I think that what you're referring to is the chain email e.g. as reproduced here:

http://luminusdadon.wordpress.com/20...ecomes-german/
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That first link also links to a another Mark Twain bit:
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A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling, by Mark Twain:
For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.
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thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
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you kan use many germanic languages to talk differently, but I don't see what the big deal is.

I kan talk like a true amerikan.

I get don't get the point
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