written words are really just an old-fashioned archival format

It’s true – the spellings change over time – yet it’s a reminder that language is primarily a spoken thing and the written words are really just an old-fashioned archival format because, well, we didn’t have audio recording capability for several thousand years tongue emoticon

 

indeed – and bad handwriting tongue emoticon
Laziness too. Or getting frilly.
Like for example, the j being recent to English. Use to be an i.

Or we lost the long “l” and it got replaced by an “s”. I love this kind of stuff.

 

the “great vowel shift” is a cool thing to look into as well. It’s almost like, en masse, we changed how we position our throats, mouths and tongues in how we make vowels.

maybe one person does it, another follows, and it becomes a fad.

Witness:

Bro to Bruh tongue emoticon - my nephew (who is 10) is starting to say “Breh” tongue emoticon

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