It's driving me crazy

Jim McKenney
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 09:18:15 PST
Jim McKenney is
struggling with the annual postprandial Thanksgiving distresses, so don't
expect the last word here, only a comment.
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, a collection of keyboard pieces assembled during the
very late sixteenth century and early seventeenth century (the book antedates
the eponymous Fitzwilliam by several centuries) contains a charming piece
called The "Fall of the Leafe"; it was the first harpsichord piece I
learned. The contemporary American name for the season is probably just a
shortening of this phrase.
and autumn no doubt reflect the ancient tussle in the English language between
our Germanic (Frisian) roots and the later Romantic imposition. It's another example of
the hog and pork thing. 
"gray" one of Noah Webster's orthographic innovations? The huge
disparity between the pronunciation of English and the spelling of English
makes our language a very difficult one to learn. Almost seventy years have not
been enough for me to truly master English spelling. Yet most educated people
seem to strenuously resist spelling reform (i.e. change to spelling which
reflects the pronunciation of words). I think I'm one of them: spelling tells
us so much about the history of words. Folk etymology aside, it's a worthwhile
and gratifying lifetime pursuit for me.
I need another Alka-Seltzer...
Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
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