#EngTalk: Spelling Noises? (2)

Anyone remember our session on Spelling Noises by David Crystal that has been discussed previously? ->

I have left you with the first half of the chapter last time, so let’s continue learning #EngTalk spelling noises :D

But…there are also those that

“the length of a vowel sound can even be shown by increasing the number of consonant letters”

Such as:

1. Aw (entreaty, sympathy, disapproval) it’s not aaaw instead it’s awww

2. Ow will be owwww

Then there are those which are emphasised in the vowels somehow, such as:

1. ah is aaaah

2. eek is eeeek not ekkkk

Ow which is similar to ouch, “Ow” has w while “ouch” has a u

language change like “pshaw” from 17th century, doesn’t exist anymore

New interjections include:

1. mwah – for air kissing

2. phwoar – enthusiastic affirmation

So, it seems there are many ways that spelling noises could exist – adding to the complicatedness of spelling, isn’t it?

Source: “Spell It Out” by David Crystal

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