English spelling origin (OT?)
Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Thu Dec 12 21:20:11 UTC 2002
On Thu, 12 Dec 2002, James E. Clapp wrote:
#My own problem in spelling "science" as a child was not with vowels
#but with the consonants. I asked my grade-school teacher how to
#spell the word, and she told me to look it up in the dictionary. I
#looked under "si..." and "ci..." and couldn't think of any other
#letter that makes an "s" sound, so I had to admit failure. Then she
#tipped me off about the "sc".
#Thank goodness I never had to look up "schism"!
The one that drove me bonkers was "phthisic"!
-- Mark A. Mandel
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