for serious: am i the only one here who has ever noticed this?

4 05 2009

or just the only one who’s bothered by it? (this is the sort of thing, by the way, that keeps me from getting my papers graded. i’m reading innocently along, and a perfectly “normal” word jumps out and bites me, and says “hi, i’m violating a primarily unwritten rule of English orthography!” and then i have to make lists of words and explain my distress to the internet)

the word “smooth” is spelled wrong. we use an e, in English, at the end of words that end in “th” to indicate that they’re the hard “th” we say in “smooth” (the hard “th” is the (voiced) eth in “this” and “that”; the soft one is the (unvoiced) thorn in “thursday”).

to wit: breathe, bathe, teethe, tithe, seethe, soothe,
but
breath, bath, tooth, truth, and forsooth

if we’re going to spell it “smooth,” it should be pronounced like there’s a different vowel in “smith”; the way we say it ought to be spelled “smoothe.”

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14 responses

5 05 2009
burny_md

Answer to your subject… yes. 😉

5 05 2009
burny_md

Answer to your subject… yes. 😉

5 05 2009
2eclipse

things like this just make me love you more.

6 05 2009
tyra

thank you! ❤

6 05 2009
tyra

thank you! ❤

5 05 2009
2eclipse

things like this just make me love you more.

5 05 2009
thebroomecloset

I hadn’t noticed … but now I’ll never be able to not notice. Smooth move.

6 05 2009
tyra

::takes a bow::

6 05 2009
tyra

::takes a bow::

5 05 2009
thebroomecloset

I hadn’t noticed … but now I’ll never be able to not notice. Smooth move.

6 05 2009
donnickcottage

Gallagher has an entire routine on the way English is spelled and pronounced. One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

6 05 2009
tyra

for the most part it makes sense–there are systems of rules, it just looks like a mess because there are so many systems of rules from all the different languages (and linguistic eras) that we’ve borrowed from along the way.
this one breaks its own rules, though, and that drives me crazy (although not quite watermelon-smashing crazy)

6 05 2009
tyra

for the most part it makes sense–there are systems of rules, it just looks like a mess because there are so many systems of rules from all the different languages (and linguistic eras) that we’ve borrowed from along the way.
this one breaks its own rules, though, and that drives me crazy (although not quite watermelon-smashing crazy)

6 05 2009
donnickcottage

Gallagher has an entire routine on the way English is spelled and pronounced. One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.

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