The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

English Is Not Normal

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its spelling, which is indeed a nightmare. In countries where English isn’t spoken, there is no such thing as a ‘spelling bee’ competition. For a normal language, spelling at least pretends a basic correspondence to the way people pronounce the words. But English is not normal.


But English is a fascinating language.

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English allows you to think in dramatically different ways than speakers of other languages, just witness the superiority of the human condition in countries that speak English as opposed to any others.

Posted by: Stu Buchalter | Sep 18, 2019 6:25:43 PM

The main reason English words are difficult to spell is the Norman Invasion of 1066.

Posted by: Paul Mapes | Sep 21, 2019 11:52:11 AM