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  • 1. The Foibles of English By Dan Wilcox
  • 2. Spelling Madders “The English language has the worst system of spelling of any major language.” —Robert C. Pinckert, Ph.D.
  • 3. Spelling Madders “Denise” means “goddess of wine.”
  • 4. Spelling Madders “Denise” means “goddess of whine.”
  • 5. Spelling Madders “Denise” means “goddess of whine.” He took her for granite.
  • 6. Spelling Madders “Denise” means “goddess of whine.” He took her for granite. Let’s have a mouthful for desert.
  • 7. Spelling Madders Should Tom Wright decide to write right rite, then Wright would write right rite, which Wright has the right to copyright.
  • 8. Spelling (Almost Always) Madders Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by ilstef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
  • 9. Regional Differences • Utahnics • Pennsylvania Dutch • “Suthern”
  • 10. Regional Differences • Utahnics LaVerl: quot;Djeet yet?“ LaVell: quot;No, djew?“ LaVerl: “LSqueet!quot;
  • 11. Regional Differences • Pennsylvania Dutch Lost: A watch by a lady with a cracked face. Throw the baby out the window a kiss. Toss Papa down the stairs his hat.
  • 12. Regional Differences • “Suthern” Rufus: M R Ducks. Cletus: M R Not. Rufus: O S A R. C M Wangs? Cletus: L I B. M R Ducks!
  • 13. Context in Headlines Deaf Mute Gets New Hearing in Killing
  • 14. Context in Headlines Deaf Mute Gets New Hearing in Killing Police Begin Campaign To Run Down Jaywalkers
  • 15. Context in Headlines Deaf Mute Gets New Hearing in Killing Police Begin Campaign To Run Down Jaywalkers Queen Mary Having Bottom Scraped