Random DWJ discovery of the day
Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net
Wed Mar 16 14:20:41 EST 2005
>> Well, as I said, German is a *sensible* language. Poetry is
>> non-sensible. :-)
> Which means the reformed spelling we have since a few years must be a
> for poets! The spelling was in fact changed to make it more sensible and,
> you ask me, a spectacular failure...
I didn't know you'd had a spelling reform. What I was taught in school (20+
years ago) always seemed perfectly sensible and logical to me; I can't see
why German would *need* a spelling reform!
> E.g. (behände/behende - gang und gebe / gang und gäbe - Stengel /Stängel
Have all those Es replaced the A-umlauts? Why? A-umlaut is not the same
sound as E - at least, not in the dialect I speak (Berlinerisch-influenced
> There are also new rules concerning captial letters (im Trüben fischen, im
> Dunkeln tappen)
Huh? Capital letters for the beginnings of sentences and for all nouns.
What was wrong with that? What are the new rules?
> Some of the new rules abollished words and meanings, and many
> poets and authors prohibited their works to be published in the new rules.
Abolishing words and meanings sounds both idiotic and futile to me.
Languages don't change by legislation! I heartily sympathise with those
poets and authors.
> As a result it's a bit like in Goethe's time. Eyerbody (pupils and teacher
> excluded) writes the way he likes (and, in many cases can find a
> to prove he's right :-) Some newspapers use the new rules, others the old
> ones - I'm glad I don't have to write dictations any more.
Hehee! "Look, let's organise our language...oh bugger, we've made it
utterly *dis*organised!" Does German have an equivalent of the phrase "if
it ain't broke, don't fix it"?
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