Phyththon misspelling contest

Egbert Bouwman egbert at
Fri Feb 25 16:18:59 CET 2000

Usually I get good results with the following expression:

It is based on the following principles:
   (1) spelling should follow pronunciation:
        - the h is never pronounced, and thus not necessary
        - the o is nearly mute, and can be omitted as well 
   (2) it should accept common misconceptions about spelling
   (3) it should be politically correct:
        - an a in the first syllable is a dutch invention,
          and as such not aceptable. Nearly all of the former
          dutch in Holland (Michigan) voted for Bush.
          However, perhaps they were only very shrewd by choosing
          the weaker opponent for Al Gore. But shrewdness is not
          correct either. Think of Odysseus.  
   (4) spelling may give indications how _not_ to pronounce a word:
        - people in french speaking parts of the world (Quebec,
          Martinique) should write something like pitonne just to 
          indicate that the pronounced word does not end in a nasal 
          sound, " le ton ou piton nasal".      

The applicability of this expression is nearly universal 
because it accepts pitn as well as phphphieyythonne.

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