There are etiquettical situations that affect us in these days of ubiquitous oriental cuisine which our forefathers did not even realise. They didn’t have to worry about which way to point the teapot in a Japanese restaurant, or remember not to stab the sushi with the hashi, and to put them back on the hashioki. Or that it’s OK to say the “n” word if you mean a slice of raw fish perched punningly atop a blob of rice. Or that the soy sauce is not for the unaga, which has its own sweet sauce. O tempura, o morays!
Uncle Davey, 2003
Lesson 1 – Alfabet
The alphabet of Fucatokk contains the same 26 letters of the modern English alphabet and no diacritics.
Each letter has one sound only and always keeps that sound. Words are spelt as they sound in the Fucatokk language.
Some of the letters, especially ‘q’ and ‘x’ have quite different values to those usually given in modern English, but most letters are not so surprising.
The punctuation marks and the numbers, other than where they abbreviate letters using the Fucatokk alphanumeric shorthand, follow typical European usage, except for the absence of capitalisation, which is perfectly acceptable form in Fucatokk.
Many people visiting this will know Esperanto, so here are the Esperanto equivalents of the Fucatokk letters:
a = a (Short. Long is ‘ey’)
b = b
c = cx (English ‘ch’ as in ‘church’)
d = d
e = e (Short) (more…)
“Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and the provocative provided it does not tend to provoke violence. Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having.”
This is a quote from Mr Justice Sedley in the High Court case DPP v Redmond-Bate 1997. It is still, theoretically, the state of the law, and it is also a fine sentiment, which everyone on the internet, especially overly keen moderators and censors would do well to commit to memory…
The Archbishop of Canterbury and The Royal Commission for Political Correctness announced today that the climate in the UK should no longer be referred to as ‘English Weather’. Rather than offend a sizeable portion of the UK population, it will now be referred to as ‘Muslim Weather’ (Partly Sunni, but mostly Shi’ite).
As Nigel Farrage says in his video today, 5 of 17 Eurozone countries have been bailed out, but remember that a lot of the non bailed out countries are tiny and unable to carry the big failures. Malta and Slovakia look healthy still, but how can these tiny countries bail out big failures like Spain and Italy?
Now we are going to have a Spain vs Italy football final, maybe the loser should bail out the winner? Oops, sorry, I forgot – it always has to be the winner who bails out the loser.
Hellokittydimaggio asked me on YouTube:
“My handwriting‘s never the same, it changes randomly. does that mean i’m crazy?”
“Not necessarily. Some younger people who have mainly written on keyboards and never has a chance to develop their handwriting style can write very erratically, and all it says about them is that they don’t write enough. Or it can be that your mood affects your body language more than with most people. Handwriting is part – a very refined part, but part – of body language.”
I thought it was worth sharing that on here.
- My Handwriting (fernrocks.wordpress.com)
- Cursive handwriting no longer stressed at Eastern Iowa schools (thegazette.com)
- In Defense of My Terrible Handwriting (jajajasminecruz.wordpress.com)
- Cursive Handwriting: A Lost Art? (gilliansblog.wordpress.com)
- Your Handwriting Says A Lot About YOU! (avidwriterlives.wordpress.com)