facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

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."

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
10 metal balls removed from Malaysian man's penis 10 metal balls removed from Malaysian man's penis
2
Gamers put heads in giant breasts at Tokyo Game Show Gamers put heads in giant breasts at Tokyo Game Show
3
Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese Defectors: Kim Jong Un addicted to Swiss cheese
4
Researchers claim evidence of Russian Bigfoot Researchers claim evidence of Russian Bigfoot
5
Public use of mayo shampoo lands man in jail Public use of mayo shampoo lands man in jail
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback