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February 4th, 2008 (05:39 pm)

current mood: HIGHLY AGITATED

Also, this is highly important and I need to inform the world at once:

I am working on a computer keyboard that is clearly about twenty-seven years old. Most of the letters have rubbed off, and the patterns in which they have done so are almost entirely in accordance with the letters' Scrabblic value. With the exception of C and V, which are low-use and therefore high-value letters in the English language, but which are constantly used on a computer keyboard because of the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V commands, the only letters that are left are Q (10 points), Z (10 points), X (8 points), J (8 points), K (5 points), W (4 points), Y (4 points), half of H (4 points) and half of P (3 points)...

AND THEN THERE IS A RANDOM U. WHAT THE HELL. I have ALWAYS KNOWN that U is a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SCRABBLE LETTER BECAUSE NO ONE EVER USES IT AND YET IT IS ONLY WORTH ONE POINT. I do not CARE that it is a vowel. IT IS A CRAPPY VOWEL. NO ONE EVER USES IT. I AM CONSTANTLY GETTING STUCK WITH HUGE EXCESSES OF U'S ON MY RACK AND I DON'T EVEN GET ANY POINTS TO MAKE UP FOR IT. IT IS A TRAVESTY, THAT. And now my computer keyboard is providing PROOF POSITIVE that the Scrabble game is WRONG WRONG WRONG in its U-point assignation. This is extremely serious. I believe I deserve significant compensation, numbering at least in the thousands of dollars, for the emotional suffering and strain I have undergone over my Scrabble-playing years as a result of this grave error.

I need to write to Hasbro posthaste and include a picture of this keyboard and tell them YOU JUST GO RIGHT NOW AND MAKE THE U BE WORTH AT LEAST FOUR POINTS IMMEDIATELY, MY COMPUTER KEYBOARD SAYS YOU HAVE TO. I have no doubt that they will listen to me. This is just common sense.


Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)

This is true! You Brits have all the Scrabblic luck - but THEY SHOULD HAVE SEPARATE SCORING SYSTEMS FOR BRITISH AND ENGLISH SPELLING, THEN. They do it with other foreign languages. I think your inexplicable overuse of the letter U qualifies your dialect as officially foreign.

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Aragorn - into the breach

And while you're done sorting all this out with Scrabble, you can go on and tell Firefox to stop underlining words like "channelled," which JUST LOOK WRONG WITH ONLY ONE L IN THEM, DAMN IT. And "pyjamas," which HAS A Y IN IT, and I did not even know there was another way to spell it until less than a year ago.

Posted by: active_apathy (active_apathy)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)

You can get a proper British English dictionary for it, which knows about pyjamas and manoeuvres and orthopaedics and every other word that looks prettier with its proper spelling. The list of dictionaries is here.

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)

Yeah, except I spell most words the American way, at least the obvious ones - it's just the sneaky ones, like the extra L's, and the pyjamas, that I somehow ended up British on. (And interestingly, I *pronounce* "pyjamas" differently from most Americans; I say "pihjamas" while my mother, and presumably others who spell it with an A, say "puhjamas").

Posted by: active_apathy (active_apathy)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)

But you could have the red squiggly line for the horrid Americanisations. Or, alternatively, add to dictionary is your friend.

Also, on what planet is it sensible to have a dictionary for Esperanto but not for Lolcat? Firefox dictionary people, you have failed me.

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)

Yeah, well, I usually ignore spellcheck anyway. You get used to the red squiggly line when you write fantasy...

And there's an easy answer to your question: Lolcat doesn't have standardized spelling yet (is that supposed to be an S or a Z in standardized? Or is that another British vs. American thing?). You are, of course, free to become the Noah Webster of Lolcat and come up with your own standardization and write a dictionary - but good luck getting anyone to use it.

Posted by: active_apathy (active_apathy)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
BtVS - where the books live

...or sci-fi, or weird, or. Yes.

I think I'd prefer to take an approach more like the OED, and compile it as a complete etymological and historical record of Lolcat. With luck - and appropriate help - it might even be possible to finish it before the 3rd edition OED is completed in, um, 2037.

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)

Good luck with that.

Posted by: active_apathy (active_apathy)
Posted at: February 5th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
BtVS - where the books live

1) Not a Briton, but plenty of people here manage to think I am, so. Something.

And, 2) Overuse? If anything, it's your country's ritualistic underuse, all from one of your own deciding in 1828 that American English should be ZOMGSPESHUL. If anything, US English should officially be the foreign one.

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