There are many things that keep me awake at night,
some more serious than others.
In order to not be accused of being a miserable git by my
co diablog writers I will stick to the more trivial ones, for the moment…
I find the English language and it’s many nuances a
constant source of amusement and frustration.
Try teaching a 5 year old to read the word
‘Wednesday’ sometime and you will see where I am coming from.
If there is one thing certain about English pronunciation,
it is that there is almost nothing certain about it.
I am informed that no other language in the world has
more words spelled the same way and yet pronounced differently.
Consider the ones shown below:
road – broad
five – give
heard – beard
early – dearly
beau – beauty
steak – streak
ache – moustache
low – how
scour – four
grieve – sieve
paid – said
break – speak
English pronunciation is so various—one might say random—
that not one of our twenty-six letters can be relied on for consistency.
Take as examples the c in race, rack, and rich
A quick test for Glynsky:
Explain the B in debt, the A in bread, or the second T in thistle.
In the letters OUGH, which can be pronounced in many different ways—
as in through, though, thought, tough, plough, thorough, etc.
I suppose at my age none of this is worth worrying about,
as many of my plans to change the World seem
to have fallen at the first fence.
Maybe I should be more like Glynsky (God help me) and stick with illiteracy.
After all he has done pretty well for himself considering
he has just failed a beginners course in Joined up speaking..