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Re: Ward's Article (No Audi C
>And in Germany. A few years ago, more than a few people were officially
>told that their family names were mis-spelt and would be changed.
>Mostly it affected the "ess-zed" double-s character - some were involved
This happened to a very large number of emmigrants to the US; many people
pronounced their names quite clearly to Ellis Island workers, but the
reportedly lazy officers wrote down simplified(or just completely wrong)
names. Others changed their names upon entry to avoid being associated
with certain unpopular groups. My grandfather categorically denied that
one of his parents was Irish. He had made up a very elaborate story to
convince everyone otherwise...
>You should hear German opinions on how you guys pronounce their
Goes both ways. Germans butcher English. Many pronounce v's as w's as if
English were Latin. Most pronounce English very "strictly" or "harshly",
which ahrownd Bawstin gesya in'tah troubah, 'cordin tah Chaaalie :) I
think it's universal and just a fact of life that people don't like other
people's langauges. I certainly don't blame the German...
The world would be a better place if we all spoke Latin. It's awesome how
you can use one word to form an entire, complete(and complex) sentence.
The "density" of latin is amazing! Of course, the huge number of suffixes
and prefixes are annoyingly complicated, but hey...no capital letters or
messy punctuation to get in the way(.)
For proof, look at how happy everyone was during the Roman empire :)
Hostes alienigeni me abduxerunt. Qui annus est?
Te audire non possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
Ita, scio hunc 'sig file' veterem fieri.