I love….. adding unnecessary e’s to words like spicey or babey. ……. it makes the words pop

Unnecessary, redundant, sloppy, visually displeasing, and a sign of not understanding the English language. But yeah, they “pop” I guess. Just like my assumption that you arent average.

oooo!!! buzzkill syndrome, i see. a true example, what a case study.

someone is angery!!!

what a bitche

And apparently lacking in a historical knowledge of English, which included, more E’s than it does now. Why? Because words were pronounced a bit differently, there was no standardized written form, and oh yes, dialectical differences were highly localized–which meant a word could be spelled differently just a few miles distant. Remember that English is not one language, but an amalgam of about seven different tongues and their written forms, which often were injected more than once over the course of time. Which is why English bears traces of both Norman French and Medieval French.  After all, French was the court language at different times in England for some four hundred years. Notice that English has the odd -OUGH spelling on words that sound like -OO? That is a French form of an ancient Germanic letter no longer used. It existed in England due to Proto-Germanic migrations (Viking invasions). Over centuries, Vikings came and went, while their own language evolved, and injected several versions into the linguistic incubator that was Britain. Then other invaders (Anglos, Saxons, and so on) came and modified, back and forth, switching hands back and forth as the original tongues shifted and then impacted, shifted then impacted. Rather like a sea swell. Because of this constant flux, about every century, one could count upwards of two major linguistic shifts in any one region of the island we now call the UK.

A list: just for a laugh.

  • “atte” = “at”
  • “Brenne” = “burn”
  • “eek” = “also”
  • “eald” or “olde” = “old”
  • “glorie” = “glory”
  • “hadde” = “had”
  • “here” = “her”
  • “Lasse” = “less”
  • “morewe” = “morrow”
  • “sonne” = “sun”
  • “thinlke” = “this or that”
  • “widuwe” = “widow”
  • “wonne” = “won”
  • And here’s some funny ones…to which, modern English adds an E to obtain the AI vowel.
    • “wif” = “wife”
    • “win” = “wine”

This is but a tiny list of words from the history of English that make heavy use of the E. In fact, in the Early Modern period, the one closest to contemporary English (when Shakespeare was writing) It was common for any word to suddenly end in an E, depending on the author. Because again, the first dictionary had only just come out, and only some of the people ever got their hands on it. Do keep in mind that any word containing an E sound, no matter what the origin, was often spelled with two E’s or with an IE or an EYE. Words that ended with an -ILL sound, often found an E attached. Words that to this day retain a silent end E, were originally not silent, and that E was indeed vocalized, depending on region…which is of course how that E ever appeared in the first place. Go on…pick up any book written in 1600 or earlier.

The letter E isn’t even always just an E.

The “ash”, or AE combination, is a one of 12 letters that no longer exist in English. In Old English/Latin versions of the alphabet which again, were not standardized, it replaced a local Anglo Saxon rune “ “ (Looks a bit like an E, doesn’t it?) which made a similar sound. Of a sudden, words that had never contained an E, suddenly began to contain them. A good example of this is the Greek word “aion” which became “aeon” and now is simply written in English as “eon”. Due to pronunciation drift, away from the fascinating French vowels during extensive periods of war, and the inevitable shift toward simpler text forms, the ash fell away, becoming either an A or an E. This transition is lengthy and in fact, was only recently completed, largely because of an American push to simplify printing processes. Because of this, even the word “ medieval”–notice that E in the middle– is no longer spelled as it used you be only two hundred years ago: “mediaeval”.

So… @a-sadist-at-play-45…What was that about being average? The word “Average” comes from Old French “avarie“ which means damage, as in the damage done to cargo in transit. English added the “-AGE” to turn the word from a noun to a descriptor, in order to discuss the tax, payable to the owner of the property, that was levied against any courier who damaged goods while shipping them. Notice that English also shifted that there spelling from “avarage” to “average”. The dialect said ER, so the writers began spelling it ER instead of using the French vowel AR.

Funny how that works.

We have a word for people like you, @a-sadist-at-play-45. Snoutband. Someone who butts their snout into the business of others just to cause a ruckus. It has no E’s, you’ll notice, but since the people of the north often said “Snout” as “Snoot” and were notorious for dragging out words (particularly insults)… let’s just go ahead and drop some E’s in there and call you a “Snutebande”

Boy…those E’s just really pop.

…okay, i have to follow up on the mellification ask with A. was it well-preserved, B. how hungry were you to do that, and C. was it like just really weird jerky?

You mean the mummy?

Oh no. It was a powder. That was all the rage then. People were digging up mummies and sprinkling corpse dust over their eggs.

I tried it once because it was fucking expensive and also ridiculous. I did it because the mummy was several thousand years old, and for me that was rather a bit like getting to bite someone long since dead.

I’m not religious and I grant you that the society that could do such a thing was steeped in racism. I however couldn’t care about any of that. A corpse is a corpse whether or not it’s been pickled and sapped. I just wanted to taste powdered people from the old days.

Not much to tell. Tasted musty, earthy, with a mix of spicy aromas and a faint sickly quality. Also quite a bit like sand.

Performing arts asker back for some more, since you mentioned jazz in some follow-up discussion, I’ve got two more questions for you: did you actually enjoy listening to jazz? If so, who were your favorite artists? Asking cause I played alto sax in a jazz band for quite some time.

Yes I did. And I can’t talk about my favorite performers, because they were illicit clubs and you’d know where I was.

I like all the instruments, the piano because I play it and all the others because I couldn’t

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