By Jane Wenham-Jones
100 important and hilarious suggestions for struggling with the flab and looking out your top from Jane Wenham-Jones, best-selling writer and columnist.
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Cf. 3. 28 Scots and its Literature degree of differentiation from English is undesirable. The traditional Englishbased orthography for Scots should in general be retained, though obvious anomalies in the spellings of individual words should be removed. g. words which have acquired distinct meanings in the two languages). This approach will have the advantage of producing an orthography relatively familiar, and therefore readily acceptable, to a population accustomed to Eng lish spelling. The difficulties of establishing Scots as an official national lan guage will be massive enough without adding to them by adopting a spelling which the population will find dauntingly strange.
9. /Λ/ as in cut, but, gun, etc. Suggested spelling u. This represents an inescapable adoption of an English spelling convention. The sound is rare in the languages of the world, and English is the only other European language in which it, and therefore any rules for its spelling, can be found. The peculiar use of to represent a sound very unlike that with which it is associated in other languages is of course due to the development of [Λ] from earlier [u]: a change which took place only in Scots and southern (not northern) dialects of English.
30 Scots and its Literature regarded as a language distinct from English; and the absence of a satisfactory Scots orthography is undoubtedly one of the reasons for this. A reformed spelling system would not basically alter the language (though it could be an initial step in a train of events that would alter it for the better in several ways), but it would give it the appearance of being a distinct language; which would certainly increase its prestige. Indeed, from this point of view it could be argued that the more distinctive written Scots is the better.
100 Ways to Fight the Flab: The Wannabe Guide to a Better Bottom by Jane Wenham-Jones