Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Oct 2009 16:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In what is about as surprising as the sun rising in the morning, Michael Dell has started talking down netbooks. Dell made his comments about netbooks at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley, and considering the impact of netbooks on manufacturers' bottom lines, it's really not that surprising.
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RE[5]: Uh, what?
by rirmak on Sat 17th Oct 2009 16:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Uh, what?"
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"Sorry I'm German so I guess I'm biased, reading a word in German, you always know how to pronounce it.

Oh sure you do. If you know the rules. "ch" is pronounced differently in "ich" and "auch" for example. You have to know when to roll an "r" (or treat it as a voiced "h") and when to basically pretend it isn't there (drei vs Mutter). But yeah, if you know the rules it's a lot more consistent than English ;)
1. Your examples almost prove/strengthen the opposite of your point. (That said, the excuse seems to be that you're confusing phonology with phonetics. Other examples would have been more convincing, albeit yet more exceptional, i.e. mere nitpicking.)

2. Even vaguely pretending to compare German to English spelling "consistency" is misleading stylistic device. I.e. some understatements are downright lies just because of the context one sneaks them in.

Nothing personal, it's just that too many deniers like to imply that every language has its own relevant-to-mention spelling/etc. problems based merely on blindly extrapolating some holistic homeostatic principle. All languages are not equal.

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