From: "Luís Henrique" <[log in to unmask]> >One other cause of ortographic chaos in English is its vowel system, with >the (for non-English native speakers) weird opposition between lax and >tense. AFAIK, none of the other widely spoken languages, or any other >European language makes this opposition. Moreover, lax vowels tend to seem >all the same schwa to non-English speakers (and this is responsible for the >general feeling that "English is essentially [insert your choice language] >spoken while chewing a very hot potatoe"). Those vowels tend to sound like all the same schwa to _native_ English speakers too, which is why you so often see things like <definately> instead of <definitely>, or <seperate> instead of <separate>. There's even <miniscule>, which is basically a second 'correct' spelling of <minuscule> that ultra-pedants yell about. (Even MS Word and Outlook Express's spell checkers let it through, although Word only has thesaurus entries for <minuscule>.) *Muke!