Archiv für den Monat August 2012

English Reform by European Commission

The European Commission has just announced an agreement that English will be the official language of the EU – rather than German (the other possibility). As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement, and has accepted a 5-year phase-in of new rules which would apply to the language and reclassify it as EuroEnglish.

The agreed plan is as follows:

In year 1, the soft c would be replaced by s Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard C will be replaced by ‚k . This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan now have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome ph is replaced by f This will reduse fotograf by 20%.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent ‚e’s in the language is disgrasful and they should eliminat them.

By year 4, peopl wil be reseptiv to lingwistik korektions such as replasing th with Z and w with v (saving mor keyboard spas).

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary o kan be dropd from vords kontaining ou and similar changes vud of kors be applid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis tifz year, ve vil hav a reli sensibil riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru!!

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(Un-)freundliche Vereinnahmung

Was die insgesamt zu beobachtende Zunahme der traditionell christlich überformten Ritualisierung angeht, könnte man mit den Schultern zucken und auf die nächsten Generationen hoffen. Das ist die optimistische Sicht der Dinge – allerdings bleibt die Sorge berechtigt, dass die neuen, alten Rituale in Wirklichkeit nur eine Angstreaktion auf eine zerbröselnde Gesellschaft sind. Schüler mit ein bisschen Kreationismus, Strafarbeiten, dem Vaterunser und naiv-delirösen Gesängen auf die Realität dieser Gesellschaft vorbereiten zu wollen – das ist in jedem Fall eine Kette peinlicher Vorfälle.

Markus Hammerschmidt über religiöse Auswüchse an einer staatlichen Grundschule.