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Re^4: My favorite silent English letter is:

by tye (Cardinal)
on Mar 02, 2012 at 14:14 UTC ( #957474=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: My favorite silent English letter is:
in thread My favorite silent English letter is:

What proper Englishman would want to be promoted to be a "loo tenant"?

- tye        


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Re^5: My favorite silent English letter is:
by tye (Cardinal) on Mar 04, 2012 at 18:54 UTC

    But why choose a replacement pronunciation that sounds very much like being a "lift tenant"? Surely better, but not great.

    - tye        

      I am not sure you can ask "why" when it comes to features of natural languages. Unlike Klingon or Sindarin, they aren't designed; they evolved. The reasons for the path the evolution took (if there were any) are lost in the mists of time.

        The reasons for the path the evolution took (if there were any) are lost in the mists of time.

        But you can safely assume, that humans being humans, wanted to be proprietary and sound cool, and then other humans tried to emulate them as best they could.

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