Quirky Spelling

Ever notice how truly bizarre English spelling can be?  I’ve heard estimates that 15-20% of English words are exceptions to phonetic spelling rules.  It makes me wonder why they’re called exceptions when they’re so common.  There’s something so quirky and fun about silent letters, for instance.  And then there’s the oddity of U.S. English using different spelling from the English used in the rest of the world, despite common origins.

Yet somehow we communicate despite all the flaws.

Today I noticed that some of our most important words, like “love” and “heart” are irregularly spelled.  I find it a very comforting sign that perfection is not required for real communication and great relationships.


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