It’s the last Thursday of the year—somehow—and as usual, I’m doing something slightly different. This year I’m sharing the phonetic alphabet Benjamin Franklin came up with (which you should have realized by looking at the title of this post).
Apparently I’m the only one who finds it much easier to read and
pronounce. I was able to get the hang of it in a few seconds. It isn’t perfect,
since the letters he uses for both “th” sounds and the “sh” sound look like
other variations of h, making things kind of confusing to tell apart. I also think
it needs the “juh” sound as its own letter, while he uses the combination of Z
and the sh letter, because seriously, I’m not spelling my name with a Z. Although that might make it cooler...
Still, I like the elimination of the letter C, which is completely useless when we have K and S. Overall, I think it’s much easier to understand. Unfortunately, no one else agreed, though it did inspire Noah Webster, the guy who shaped American English, to eliminate extraneous letters from several words, and I have a hard enough time figuring out the spelling of words like paleontology without an extra A being in there.