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Re: A BIT MORE ON DIATRYMA??



>I know that English is supposed to be a great linguistic melting-pot, but how
>the devil are we supposed to know how to pronounce a Malagasy word unless it
>is spelled in some way that an English-speaking person would have a ghost of
>a chance of pronouncing correctly? That is, why the devil spell it "sifaka"
>rather than "shfuck"?? This is really stretching cosmopolitanism, as far as
>I'm concerned. "Ghoti," my fat butt.
>
>

Probably for the same reason we spell "fon hoch" as "Van Gogh", "keehotay"
as "Quixote", or "chumley" as "Cholmondely".

Whatever that is.
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