[Spellyans] Jazz > loan words?
everson at evertype.com
Sun Jul 6 10:32:24 IST 2008
At 08:52 +0100 2008-07-06, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>Pizza is also Italian and English doesn't have a word, or a distinct
>spelling, for it.
English doesn't have a "phonetic" orthography.
>So, a pizza is a pizza in Rome, Rochester and Redruth.
And a pitsa in Cardiff. :-)
>If other languages don't respell it, neither should we.
But they do.
Irish: Snagcheol :-)
Slovene: Jazz or Dzezs
I love the Wikipedia. Yes, plenty of languages retain Jazz.
>The word "jazz" is of uncertain origin, according to my dictionaries.
>If we don't even know where the word came from or how it was derived,
>how can we respell it? We can't.
Of course we can. We don't spell on the basis of etymology.
>Jazz must remain jazz.
Double zed has no part in KS orthography because
it wouldn't contrast with anything. Zed has.
(Compare bùs 'but' and bùss 'bus'.) If spelt
"jazz" it would be an unassimilated loan.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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