Friday, November 22, 2013
A BUZZARD EGG OMELET #26
My wife and I play SCRABBLE almost every day with lunch. I am not a great speller, so she usually wins. As I lay out my words I am constantly reminded how fucked up our written language is. I feel that language in most cases is to communicate and as long as the central idea is transmitted all the petty mechanics are like thorns on a rosebush: unnecessary.
For instance, I would drop the requirement for a U following a Q: Qeen – Qack – Qake – Qeer all seem to work fine.
And the letter C bugs me. Why the hell do we need a C in our alphabet? You could easily replace it with a K on 90% of the words and it would sound the same - and K is a prettier letter. On the few words where C doesn't sound right an S would work fine.
Once you start playing SCRABBLE regularly you can see the possibility of cutting down our alphabet from 25 to perhaps 16 or 18 letters.
When I taught creative writing to my students in
I never corrected their spelling. I
wanted them to write – to get their ideas down on paper – to enjoy telling a
story – to write write write, and not be inhibited by the fear of being
criticized for their misspellings. The
final edit is what spell checkers are for.