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David Byron

David Byron is a software developer working for the military-industrial complex. At Popehat, he writes about art, language, theater (mostly magic), technology, lyrics, and aleatory ephemera. Serious or satirical poetry spontaneously overflows from him while he's recollecting in tranquility. @dcbyron

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  1. Ken says:

    1. Writer's Almanac rocks.

    2. If the rules of language are odd, the rules for pronunciation thereof are flat-out ridiculous. Your observation reminds of Shaw's grumblings that "fish" could be spelled "ghoti."

    3. Between your post and Patrick's, we're certain to alienate our hard-core audience of gamers, Ron Paul Googlers, pirate-resignation-planners, penguin enthusiasts, and angry Objectivists. On the other hand, we'll probably get more readers, plus some ultimately disappointed folks who were looking for Councilman Duras. ;)

    4. Good to have you back on the front page. Thanks.

  2. Patrick says:

    Kobp'n'hav'n. I think.

    I've always enjoyed the Unitedstatesian news media fetish for pronouncing place names and the like with what may or may not be a native pronunciation, but only when the place in question has a Spanish name (oddly this doesn't apply to places in Spain), but never for, for instance, even easier to mangle place names in French or German.