Mangled German (and Orthography reform)

Jacob Proffitt Jacob at Proffitt.com
Sat Jul 22 17:00:10 EDT 2000


On Sat, 22 Jul 2000 12:08:22 +0200 (CEST), Britta Koch wrote:

>Another question for the people who know German on this list: have you
>heard about the new orthography? They've made eszet (? or ß)
>become ss after a short voewl, so that "da?" (daß) is now "dass",
>and changed the writing together of certain words, even Enlish ones
>(like "Come-back"!). Some people say it's too little of a reform, that
>we should drop capitalization of nouns and use the English way, others
>say that even that reform is too much (and I'm just happy to ignore it
>as long as I can...)

Why would the power that be want to Anglicize German?  That's just silly.
Almost as silly as all the stupid Latinate rules imposed on English in the
19th Century.

Jacob
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