Nicholas Bodley scripsit:

> There used to be a big and sometimes very humorous/witty collection
> of alternate words for all non-alphameric printable characters, in
> what was probably a predecessor to the New Hacker's Dictionary
> (also a delightful niche cultural resource).

Still there at

> Btw, I'm thinking of writing a moderately-long message about
> pathological misuse of phonetic alphabetic scripts, specifically
> English letters and words using the roman alphabet. Too concisely,
> I'm referring to the likes of "Sorry for the inconvience", a
> distressingly-commonplace notice one sees in public; also
> "nutrious", "incandent", and numerous other words with omitted
> syllables. IF you regard these misspellings as very-wide, low
> logograms (no, I'm not kidding), they are less surprising.

Called "haplology" by the learned, and "haplogy" by haplologites.

> (Does Korean consist of alphabetic logograms? I think both terms are
> somewhat wrong.)

Korean is an alphabet that groups its letters into clumps. It is also
a featural script, because the shapes of the letters reflect the phonetic
features of the sounds they refer to.

John Cowan cowan@...
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
--_The Hobbit_