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March 12, 2013

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”
“Piss Poor."
"The custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married."
“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”
“How canopy beds came into existence.”
“Dirt poor.”
“Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”
“Bring home the bacon.”
“Holding a wake.”
“The graveyard shift.”
“Saved by the bell.”
Have you ever wondered where the above saying originated. The article "Piss
Poor Fun" clearly explains each from a historical point of view.
To me it is believable: If not true, it is extremely good creative writing.
read the entire article.  BM

Why English spelling is so messed up

The explanation may not comfort you, but it may at least make you see the
language as less arbitrarily maddening

By Arika Okrent | March 14, 2013

Before the printing press, seen here circa 1500, English words
were spelled rather flexibly.

If you're a kid learning how to write, or an adult speaker of a
language with sensible spelling, English spelling can seem like
a cruel prank. And even if you're a completely literate adult native
speaker of English, you will still run into situations that make you
wonder how English spelling ever got so messed up. Here are
some answers for the next time you clutch your hair yelling,
"WHYYYYYYYY?!?!?" They may not comfort you, but they may
make you see English as less of an arbitrary meanie and more
of a victim of history.

1. Spelling was established while big pronunciation changes were
underway before the printing press came along, there was a lot of
flexibility in English spelling. Look at some of the ways beauty used
to be spelled: bealte, buute, beuaute, bewtee, bewte, beaute,
beaultye. People did their own thing, trying their best to match up
tradition with current pronunciation. But after the printing press
came to England in the late 1400s, texts could be spread more
widely, and printers started to standardize spelling.
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Before the printing press, seen here circa 1500, English words
were spelled rather flexibly
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