- One of the aims of the great Russian spelling reform of 1917 was apparently to make War and Peace shorter, thus saving paper. It is strange then that socialists in the rest of the world ended up trading c for k, which actually uses more ink.
- If the reform was implemented partly by getting revolutionary sailors to seize forbidden letters from Petrograd printshops, what were the penalties for trying to hang on to dodgy characters, and were they more severe for some letters than for others? Did any bourgeois typemonkeys decide that they might as well be hung for a capital Yat’ as for a small izhitsa? (Where can I find a glossary of early Communist insults?)
- Skinheads Badalona Gulaglovers
Vilafranca’s revolutionary socialists, predicting a camp future for their better-shaven friends from the seaside.
- c(h)/qu => k and early/mobile spanish/italian writing
Tearing myself away from puffing the undoubted pleasures of wines of the Penedès for a moment, I would point out that mediaeval Romance languages constitute another possible origin of the use of k- instead of c- or qu- by naughty boys and girls. Here’s a brief and highly speculative sequence of events that I hope will be torn to pieces as quickly as possible by Spanish/Catalan philologists, who I meet everywhere except on the web:
- Hsieh Ch’ing kao on Spain and Portugal
Portugal (called Ta-hsi-yang, or Pu-luchi-shih ". . . has a climate colder than that of Fukien and Kwangtung. Her chief seaport [Lisbon] faces the south and is protected by two forts manned by 2000 soldiers and equipped with about four or
- Brothel news
A good friend of progressive bent had planned to improve life in a minor provincial capital by setting up a gay brothel (currently the locals have to make do with a weekend of madness in Barcelona every couple of months), but his accountant now tells him that the government’s new subsidies for employing women will …