Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 16:32 UTC
Humor Since I think we haven't been having enough fun lately on OSNews, I decided it's time we do something fun for a change. We all have our little pet annoyances when it comes to other people's comments. Fixed expressions or comment styles that annoy the living daylights out of you. Here are mine.
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RE[2]: First!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 00:50 UTC in reply to "RE: First!"
siride
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2006-01-02

Which is okay in my book because those words were in origin the same, generally have been pronounced the same through history and have often been spelled the same. We get by with just one "when" instead of also have "whan", so why do we need "than"?

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RE[3]: First!
by joshv on Wed 5th Aug 2009 01:27 in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
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2006-03-18

Which is okay in my book because those words were in origin the same, generally have been pronounced the same through history and have often been spelled the same. We get by with just one "when" instead of also have "whan", so why do we need "than"?


If you think than and then are pronounced the same... you might be a redneck.

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RE[4]: First!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 01:30 in reply to "RE[3]: First!"
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2006-01-02

They are only pronounced differently because they have been spelled differently. It's like how people put a 't' in "often", even though the 't' is long gone. It only remains in spelling. Then people saw the spelling and started pronouncing the 't'. It's still wrong.

Both "then" and "than" come from Old English "þonne" or "þanne", which regularly changes to "then" in Middle English and is fairly consistently spelled "then" (or "þen") where we would use both "than" and "then". If there's any different in pronunciation, it is solely because of the artificial distinction in spelling.

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