Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/05/30

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Subject: [Leica] New EU Language!
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Tue May 30 09:36:05 2006
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There is a wonderful short-story entitled something like "Meyhem in
the Library" in which legal fiat changes spelling over the course of
the story so by the end you're reading something that you couldn't
understand if you started at the last paragraph. I think it dates from
the 50s but maybe the 60s.

Your e-mail is VERY good at doing this in only a few paragraphs.

Well done!


ps: There's another short story from about 1960 in which digital
storage is used to replace libraries. A future investigation of our
fallen culture reveals that all of our works were centralized in a
single library and then heavily indexed. Eventually there are so many
indexes that the central data gets lost and civilization collapses
when the links are lost. A warning about the problems with
centralization if ever there was one!


On 5/30/06, Joe Leung <> wrote:
> Is this true? If so, how would Leica (on topic) be spelled?
> The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English 
> will
> be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which 
> was
> the other possibility.
> As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English
> spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in
> plan that would become known as "Euro-English".
> In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make
> the sivil servants jump with joy.
> The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up
> konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
> There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the
> troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like
> fotograf 20% shorter.
> In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to
> reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
> Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always
> ben a deterent to akurate speling.
> Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is
> disgrasful and it should go away.
> By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with
> "z" and "w" with "v".
> During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining 
> "ou"
> and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.
> Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu
> understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
> Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze
> forst plas.
> If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.
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