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    Re: Ugly words

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    Re: Ugly words

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    Re: Ugly words

    yeah it's what happens when you don't side with the french lol.

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    Re: Ugly words

    As I understand it the original settlers to the New World would have been extremely limited in literacy skills. It is not surprising, therefore, that they went on to spell things phonetically, such as by leaving the 'u' out of certain words such as colour, flavour, savour, etc. It is nothing to do, as previously claimed that English moved on, whereas American didn't. In fact the entire opposite is true. You only need to look at the original French spellings, from where the English versions originated. They have the 'u's. The same goes for 'z'. English has always been a strange one for spelling. For instance, I have never understood the need for a letter 'Q', when it has the identical sound as a 'K'. Why, too, is there so often an additional 'C' with a 'K'? Why 'Quick' instead of 'Kwik'?

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    Re: Ugly words

    Quote Originally Posted by FourPart View Post
    The same goes for 'z'. English has always been a strange one for spelling. For instance, I have never understood the need for a letter 'Q', when it has the identical sound as a 'K'. Why, too, is there so often an additional 'C' with a 'K'? Why 'Quick' instead of 'Kwik'?
    I can tell you why...... slap up the side of the head from my mother if you spell it as Kwik.
    I think Quebec might have a problem with it. Although they would move up the line of the olympic march into a stadium.

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    Re: Ugly words

    They'd be Kebek, Kanada.

    Definitely get rid of Q and C. Entirely obsolete.

    I'd not rubber-stamp Kwibek, that's just not how it's ment to sound.
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    Re: Ugly words

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    They'd be Kebek, Kanada.

    Definitely get rid of Q and C. Entirely obsolete.

    I'd not rubber-stamp Kwibek, that's just not how it's ment to sound.
    Was Quebec named by the French, who claimed the area, or by the English who later conquered it? Is the proper pronunciation of a place that used by the locals or by those in other countries?


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    Re: Ugly words

    Quebec is the French spelling of an American Indian word.
    So no surprise that English Speakers are a tad confused about it.
    It may not be so much that I've conceded your point as that you just can't hear me rolling my eyes.

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    Re: Ugly words

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    Quebec is the French spelling of an American Indian word.
    So no surprise that English Speakers are a tad confused about it.
    There is even the apocryphal French story that Quebec got its name when the French explorers were sailing down the St Lawrence river and one of them pointed and said "Que bec" (translation "what a beak").

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