[bksvol-discuss] Re: changes in language

  • From: "mickey" <micka@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 18:49:41 -0400

Braille is capitalized if it's the guy's name, uncapitalized if it's the
system.  I tend to interchange the two, but usually when I'm half-asleep.

There are so many changes in Entglish that one can never be totally
accurate. I guess that's the point of a living language.

With braille, they want to make it more computer-friendly, and change it
drastically in one lump.  This will be hard for the users, hard for the
transcribers, and this proofreader will feel sorry for herself, because
she'll need to know what's correct and make arbitrary decisions.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <socly@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2004 6:33 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] changes in language

> -Yes, language and its rules are always being changed. When I started
working  as a TA in a
> middle school English classroom, I discovered that certain rules that had
existed when I had
> been a a high school English teacher decades before had changed. Things
that had been
> incorrect before were now considered correct, e.g., the plural of "fish" -
now one can say and write
> "fishes."  Admittedly this isn't as major as it sounds like your braille
changes are, but when one is
> correcting papers and marking them wrong when they should be right. I
think "knifes" instead of
> "knives" was another one, but I don't quite remember Oanother decase has
passed)  (grin) . . .  As
> a matter of fact, the spelling of braille seems to be a change; until
joining this list, I would have
> spelled the language with a capital "B." My dictionary shows it lower case
but does say it is often
> capitalized - probably by those of us who don't use it all the time.
> Cindy
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