English spelling origin (OT?)

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Dec 11 05:53:12 UTC 2002

Perhaps she was thinking of Nestle Quik(tm).

English spelling has got us all so many, many times. "Quik" seems reasonable
to me--after all, most of us are at least accustomed to "nite".

maberry at u.washington.edu

On Tue, 10 Dec 2002, Millie Webb wrote:

> Not that anyone here would claim English spelling makes much sense, but I
> figure in this case, it may have something to do with the "ch" at the end of
> words in some Northern German dialects sounding like [k], and the
> handwritten 'h' ending up looking like a 'k'?  As I say, this is totally a
> guess.  There is an awful lot about English spelling that is inconsistent.
> And having to rewrite the whole list all week and retake the test for
> missing one word, seems rather extreme and actually counterproductive --
> IMHO -- for an impressionable six-year-old who could associate misspellings
> and busywork with writing forever after, and end up not writing much of
> anything unless forced to do so.  What a waste of a potential writer that
> would be!  This is coming from the mother of a seven-year-old who hates
> writing because it is physically difficult for him, but is as creative (at
> least) as his younger sister who loves writing all the time about anything..
> -- Millie, the dyslexic insomniac who obsesses nightly over the purported
> existence of Dog.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dave Hause" <dwhause at JOBE.NET>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:18 PM
> Subject: English spelling origin (OT?)
> > A relayed question from a friend's six year old daughter, who had missed
> one
> > word on a spelling test and thus sentenced herself to have to write out
> the
> > spelling words for the rest of the week and retake the test:  "quick"
> > spelled as "quik."  "But Mommy, why is that wrong?  They would both be
> > pronounced with the same sound."  I haven't the vaguest idea where to
> > research this.
> > TIA
> > Dave Hause, dwhause at jobe.net
> > Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
> >

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