Mangled German (and Orthography reform)

Jacob Proffitt Jacob at
Sun Jul 23 17:16:58 EDT 2000

On Sun, 23 Jul 2000 17:42:49 +0200 (CEST), Britta Koch wrote:

>> 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.
>Well, it's not really anglicizing German - just getting rid of the
>capitalization of all nouns (and nouned verbs), and only capitalize at
>the beginning of sentences and names (and maybe proper nouns, and
>Important Things... I like that last one). It does make sense in a way,
>since even most Germans can't remember it all (but then, spelling
>errors seem to have multiplied in the last few years, regardless of the
>increase of computer use with spellcheckers).

Ah.  That sounds like a universal trend, then.  Them darn kids these days.
I understand that some U.S. public schools have given up testing spelling

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