Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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by TasnuArakun on Tue 27th Oct 2009 12:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Anon9"
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Don't forget façade and crème brûlée. ;) How come only French words are spelt properly? Loan words from any other language usually have the diacritics removed. For example the Swedish word smörgåsbord.

Personally I think English would benefit from having a few more letters since the language contains almost twice as many phonemes as it does letters. Sure, it's convenient when you need to cram the letters into a limited amount of code points but spelling gets so much easier when you employ the principle "one sound – one letter". Take a look at some of the slavic languages like Czech. I think it's time to reintroduce some of the older English letters: þ, ð, æ, œ, ȝ, ƿ. ;)

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