[LINK] Are GUI design standards no longer relevant?
fpilcher at netspeed.com.au
Tue Jan 19 19:56:05 EST 2010
> If a vowel was spoken differently somewhere it wouldn't be an problem.
> Where a word is pronounced differently in different places, eg, the
> colour maroon rhymes with moon in Scotland and bone in Australia there'd
> be a bit of confusion. We could work through this problem.
Oh boy - we're going to get into trouble for being so off topic. ;-)
But I'd argue about "marone", which in my experience is strictly used by
> writing Italian dialect, there's a question of whether to write the word
> as spoken in dialect - which is actually the more correct option - or
> writing the "standard Italian" word. They seem to cope.
Whereas we simply use the same spelling and everyone knows what it
means, regardless of how it's pronounced. We win. ;-)
> Exactly the same question arises in English, for example, when CJ Dennis
> wrote "Er name's Doreen. I seen 'er in the markit first uv all,
> Inspectin' brums at Steeny Isaacs' stall." Using consistent spelling
> wouldn't change this.
Dennis was describing The Bloke's dialect. If we actually spelled things
that way it wouldn't have worked - it's because we don't that we can
hear The Bloke speaking and conjure him and Doreen up in our minds
*because* he spells the speech differently. Phonetic spelling would lose
all of that, and what a tragedy that would be!
> As for Afferbeck Lauder's "Airman pickle semmich", that was just
> intended to confuse and thus amuse.
And didn't it! But he was making a point as well as entertaining us.
I await Tony's roth. Or "rath" if you're an American. ;-)
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