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  •  Like written English, written Dansk/Norsk/Svensk (2+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO, raster44

    … seems to follow spelling conventions (orthography) that matched the pronunciation a few hundred years ago, but now — at least for one just learning the language — seems riddled with inconsistencies and "don't worry about why, for now just accept that that's the way it is" cases.

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 11:13:14 AM PDT

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    •  Just be glad there's consistent spelling! (2+ / 0-)
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      :-D  Norway didn't have their first dictionary with standardized spelling until ca 1917.

      A hundred years ago and earlier, spellings were phonetic and regional, and all depended on the whims and educational background of the person writing the records.

      Uff da!  You have no idea how many ways words can be spelled, how many interchangeable letters there are, until you start to do genealogy research in old church records.

      Oh..., and the thing that would drive reichwingnuts totally batty is that the early writers of those records did, in fact, use X as an abbreviation for Christ/Krist [Xoffer, Xopher, Xina, Xian, etc].  If I'm working with transcribed records and can't get a hit the normal way ('starts with' option starting with ch or k on the search engine), I try X and get a hit.  'War on Christ' would be the hue and cry from modern fanatics against writers who lived three or four hundred years ago if they had a glance at those old records!  Knowing the scribes of old did use X for an abbreviation, I do use Xmas to imitate those old fellows.  ;-)  Yes.  I know that's passive-aggressive behavior done to piss off the twitchy twitches, but if they hadn't acted like morons in the first place, I never would have thought to do such a thing deliberately....  [Take a chill pill fanatics.  Life's too short to get so upset over trivialities.  Much ado about nothing will give you a stroke or a heart attack.  Save it for something important.]

      Actually, there are a lot of abbreviations in old records, but that's an entirely different topic that could lead to long explanations I'm too tired to write just now.  :-)  I desperately need a nap.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 11:32:41 AM PDT

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