June 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm #257803
I’ve been told from a couple of unrelated sources that the Federal Government has been meeting with State Education Ministers & their Senior Advisers about making changes to Australian English. It’s understood these meetings are to keep the younger generations happy & life easier for teachers. Nothing to do with Gonski 🙂
The representative union bodies have conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement given that the majority of teachers under 40 haven’t got a clue anyway. 🙁
Teachers’ Unions have accepted a 5 year plan for what will be known as Oz English, a lasting legacy for the current labor government, expected to be the last one for many years.
Year 1 & Year 2
‘s’ will be used instead of the soft ‘c’. Sertainly sivil servants will reseive this news with joy. Also the hard ‘c’ will be replaced with the letter ‘k’. Not only will this klear up knofusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publick enthusiasm in the second year, when the troublesome ‘ph’ will be replaced by ‘f’. This will make words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.
publick akesptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will emkourage the removal of double letters, which ave always been a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent ‘e’s in the language is disgrasful & they would go.
In Year 4, people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing ‘th’ by ‘z’ and ‘w’ by the leter ‘v’.
During the fifz year, ze unesesary ‘o’ can be dropd from vords containing ‘ou’ and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz year, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis & evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
Ze drem vil finali kum tru
XioJune 13, 2013 at 6:50 pm #532927
English is an evolving language.
Shakespeare invented over 1700 of our common words,we should keep inventing them,it makes life more interesting.June 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm #532928
A Little Poem Regarding Computer Spell Checkers…
Candidate for a Pullet Surprise
by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar
The original version
I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.
A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.
Bee fore a veiling checker’s
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.
Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault’s with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.
Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word’s fare as hear.
To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw’s are knot aloud.
Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.
:whistle:June 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm #532929
Good to read someone else has a sense of humour :laugh:
XioJune 15, 2013 at 10:27 pm #532930
That was bloody hard to read. I will sick to the old way at lest I can read it. What will happen to all the childrens books that are written in proper English.June 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm #532931
Arocdnicg to rsceearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.June 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm #532932
Robyne post=356930 wrote: That was bloody hard to read. I will sick to the old way at lest I can read it. What will happen to all the childrens books that are written in proper English.
Same thing that happened to the books that were written in proper ye olde English before them I suppose.June 16, 2013 at 12:40 am #532933
Lady B post=356931 wrote: Arocdnicg to rsceearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
Lady B, that must have taken a long time to write and you are right, it is easy to read, I had no problem at all and spell check would probably fix it because the words are spelt wrong, it just won’t tell you if you are using the right word or not.
I just ran it through spellcheck and it didn’t fix all, here is the result.
Arocdnicg to research at Cambridge Uinervtisy, it doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only iprmoatnt thing is that the first and last letter are in the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it wouthit problem. This is buseace the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole.June 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm #532934
This is my favourite to share with teachers, especially those with ESL kids!
The English language is clear enough
Despite bough and cough and dough and tough
Mistakes are possible, it’s true
With hiccough, thorough, lough and through.
Beware of heard – a tricky word
That looks like beard but sounds like bird
And dead – it’s said like bed not bead
It’s wrong to pronounce a fellow ‘deed’.
Watch out for meat and great and threat
They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.
A moth is not a moth in mother
Nor both in bother, broth in brother
And here is not a rhyme for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear
There’s always dose and rose and lose
Look those up with goose and choose
And cork with work and card with ward
Or font with front and word with sword
And do and go or thwart and cart –
Speaking English is an art
With all these traps in which to fall;
It’s a wonder we can speak at all.
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