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Errors lead to changes for the English language

March 13, 2014 at 2:18 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, March 13 (UPI) -- A writer for Britain's the Guardian said changes to the English language resulting from errors include dropping an "n" from "umpire."

David Shariatmadari wrote errors such as misspellings and mispronunciations often lead to permanent changes to the English language, such as dropping the letter "n" from the start of words including "apron," "umpire" and "adder."

Shariatmadari said metathesis, switching around the letters or syllables of a word, led to "waps" becoming "wasp," "brid" becoming "bird" and "hros" turning into "horse."

He wrote the process of the language changing appears to be continuing, as the "d" is rarely pronounced in "Wednesday" and the "t" has been slowly vanishing from "Christmas."

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