16 July 2013

English spelling is a strange thing.  I suppose that’s obvious to anyone who has had to learn it.  There are a lot of reasons for this–a lot of them are interesting too, at least to me–but some of it is built into the letters we use.

As four obvious examples, k and q make the same sound, c sounds like either k or s (unless there’s an h nearby, but that’s a different story), x is a fancy way of writing k and s together, and y makes the sound of an e or i.

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