Last night I could not sleep for the life of me and it was all because of the letter Cc. I will also manage to prove that one does not need to be "smart" to be a nerd. I also need to remind you that I have a bachelor's in Linguistics....that explains a little, although not much because I can't recall much about my theoretical syntax, historical linguistics, or semantic classes.
Yesterday Sydney came home from preschool announcing that this week will be spent learning the letter Cc. I started thinking about it. The more I was thinking about it, the more I realized how little the "C" is in our language. The hard C makes a /k/ sound (cake, cup, music....)and the soft C makes an /s/ sound (cylinder, centipede, century...). Even with a blend it has a /k/ sound (clock, christmas, cry..) with the exception of "Ch" (church, chaste, munch...) So what I'm saying is that besides Ch words, the C doesn't have it's own sound, thus only making our language that much more difficult for second language learners, or young learners such as Sydney who spells cat "kat." In addition, I found a new pet peeve... words that have a ck in it like suck, luck, clock, knock,etc. What is the point of a c and k put together? It's kinda like a double negative. We already know the k makes a /k/ sound putting a c in front of it only states the obvious and is unnecessary to me. When I was teaching my dad always told me, "Keep it simple, stupid." I know it sounds horrible like he was calling me stupid, but he wasn't; he was he was saying, "you don't need to make things complicated." I feel the same with our language. There are so many more examples of how complicated our language is, I just chose this particular one. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone else. All I know is that it was keeping me up last night and I was wondering where it all originated from too. Yes, diving into phonetics and historical linguistics; my professors would be so proud. I think if I get a PHd in Linguistics I just thought of my dissertation to write upon. NERD ALERT.
6 years ago