Soap Box - Get it off your chest Apr 2, 2009 17:56:59 GMT
Post by postscript on Apr 2, 2009 17:56:59 GMT
My peeve of the day is that some names are just too hard or tricky to pronounce, and yet people take offense or become excessively patronising if you get it wrong. That makes me want to mispronounce it all the more! Unfortunately, letters of the alphabet don't sound the same in every language. What the world needs is a universal phonetic spelling system that will eliminate confusion.
ESPERANTO SIMPLY NEVER MADE IT. You could always go retrograde and use Latin but even the Catholic church finally gave it up--that was a classic case of a universally uniform entity operating worldwide in diverse cultures and perhaps EVERY language in the world, failing completely to achieve uniformity. Could that be because it only used 24 letters instead of 26?
Of all attempts ENGLISH remains the most successful.