NEW ENGLISH ALPHABET - 26 CONSONANTS
like "Pittsburg", "appetite", "trip", etc. It's a pictograph
of the upper and lower lips joining to make a plosive sound.
like "Boston", "object", "cab", etc. It's a pictograph like
P, but with a curl on the lower right leg to indicate that
voiced plosive sound.
like "Florida", "after", "tough", etc. It's another
pictograph, but with the upper teeth meeting the lower lip
to make that hissing, fricative sound.
like "Vermont", "savvy", "suave", etc. It's similar to F,
but with a curl on the lower left leg to indicate that
voiced fricative sound.
like "Memphis", "amount", "stream", etc. It's a pictograph
of a nasal passage on top of a closed mouth that prevents
air from flowing except through the nose. A curl is added to
indicate the voice.
like "Natchez", "animal", "train", etc. It's a shifted
pictograph of the nasal passage, since, unlike M, the mouth
is slightly open while the tongue connects to the upper gum,
closing off the glottis so air can only pass through the
nose. A curl is added to indicate the voice.
"sing", "songster", "ringing", etc. It's a pictograph, and a
virtual cartoon of the nose, the curl also indicating the
voice, which sounds with air that can only pass through the
nose while the glottis is closed, even though the mouth is
like "kick", "pickup", "attack", etc., but letter C has been
eliminated, so all such words are now spelled with a K only.
like "Gainesville", "bagel", "drag", etc. It's an alteration
of the standard letter G and g to show its close phonetic
relationship with letter K, which means that small g is also
eliminated since capital and small letters now look alike
except for their size; also no doubles like "haggle" - single
because it approximates the position of the tongue in the
mouth, enough so that no change is necessary; but small l,
which looks too much like number 1, is now eliminated, and
all capital and small letters are alike except for the size.
small letter best approximates the position of the tongue in
the mouth, so no other change is necessary. Thus, in this
case, the capital letter R is eliminated while small r now
becomes both capital and small, size the only difference.
like "Hollywood", "hip-hop", "ahead", etc. It's a pictograph
of the side view of the mouth opened to blow out some breath,
or like an old fashioned speaker mounted on an old Victrola.
So now, like most of the other letters, both capital H and
small h are eliminated in favor of just this one symbol for
both capitals and smalls, size being the only difference.
"White House", "whale", "overwhelm", etc. It's a pictograph
of a narrowed mouth blowing out breath, which was the only
real difference between H,h and Wh,wh. Now just one symbol
represents the sound of Wh,wh, both capital and small.
because it depicts the tongue touching the top of the gum to
make that plosive sound, so no change is necessary, but now
both capital and small are alike, except for their size.
like "Denver", "midlife", "braided", etc. It's a standard T
with the right side curving down to indicate that voiced
plosive sound. It slightly resembles a standard D and also
a little bit like an elephant. Again, as always, capital and
small letters look alike, except for their size.
no change because a snake indicates the hissing sound we make
when pronouncing this letter (even though very few species of
snake actually hiss).
"Zuni", "azure", "buzz", etc., because the sharpened curl
has become the diacritical mark for sounding the voice, and
since the sound of Z is merely a voiced S, the upper part of
the S is curled inward and the standard Z is replaced by a
more logical phonetic letter. If you want to, you can also
curl the bottom part of the S, no problem.
"Shenandoah", "ashes", "crash", etc. It is a combination of S
and the new symbol for H, which is attached to the bottom of
the S, so you can actually see the new symbol for H together
with S in one letter, not two.
"Zhukhov", "measure", "beige", etc. It's a combination of
the sounds of S, Z and H in which the new symbol for H is
attached to the bottom of the new symbol for Z, all in one
letter, not two.
"Chatanooga", "achieve", "match", etc. It's a combination of
the sounds of T, S and H in which the top of the S is crossed
like a T creating one symbol for all three sounds.
because to add yet another curl to the new symbol for ch
would be too much complication in a complex letter. Besides,
there is a hint of letter D,d in speaking J, and some words
are spelled with a d like "ledge". In our phonetic alphabet
the sound of "dge" is contained in just one letter - J. So,
even though when we speak the sound of J our mouth is in
exactly the same position as ch, making J a voiced ch, when
spoken, the sounds of T and H disappear, so they must not be
symbolized where they aren't actually heard. Thus, J stays
the same, looking more like the new symbol for the sound of D
than ch. You can place it there in the list if you want.
"Thanksgiving", "ethnic", "bath", etc. It's a pictograph of
the tongue caught between the upper and lower teeth to blow
out some air and make that modified hissing sound, now
represented by only one symbol, not two.
like "then", "other", "bathe", etc. It's the same pictograph
of the tongue trapped between teeth, except a curl is added
on top to indicate the voice. I made a corner before the curl
so it wouldn't get bunched up together in a jumble of curves.
been the most inappropriate letter in the English language,
because it actually sounds nothing at all like a double "U"
or a double "V", or anything like that. The actual sound is
made by pursing the mouth to a tiny o with almost no sound
of its own but the letter following it. We purse our mouths
to this little o then say ".ashington" (Washington), or we
say "tou..." then purse our mouths to a tiny o and say "el"
(towel), or we say "cou...", purse our mouths to a little o
and say "w" (cow). English spellings are so crazy we have to
memorize hundreds of exceptions because the old alphabet
was such a mish-mash! No more.
it is so efficient and expressive and therefore so convenient
in common speech. It symbolizes the sound of "ks" in words
like "wax", instead of waks. Some people like to curve the
right-leaning slash so it resembles an "s" and part of a "k".
Good. So be it.
when the throat suddenly closes off the air from the lungs
when saying something like "oh-oh!" or giving an angry order:
"OUT! I tried to use a dot, but realized that is needed for a
period at the end of sentences.
So that's the New English Alphabet. If you use it gently and
wisely it could move in the general direction of the final
authority on all linguistic disputes - "common speech". When
millions of people said "cool" it became a new word and was
added to the Dictionary. So, if a lot of people decide to use
these letters, things will change, because -
the people are the language.
John Talbot Ross
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