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Make "Sorry" The Hardest Word

Almost impronounceable phatic communication
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As it stands, "sorry" is most definitely not the hardest word at all. It's just a disyllabic alternation of vowels and consonants. Maybe if the person saying it couldn't pronounce their R's properly it would help, but for most people apologising is far too easy. The recipient of that apology should feel that the person concerned has put some effort into their attempt to make amends. As it stands it's like getting a leaky bic as a birthday present.

Therefore, the word "sorry" should be replaced with a polysyllabic word full of consonant clusters using sounds not otherwise present in the English language and notoriously hard to pronounce. I provisionally suggest that the word "sorry" should become something like " `Nm/!qörlrlr(female symbol)(female symbol without the horizontal bar)... " and proceed in that fashion for about thirty syllables, and that it should be changed every week for an equally hard to pronounce word, and the former word be changed to mean something like "f*** you". Similar things should also be done to a lesser extent to words like "please" and "thank you".

It's only fair.

nineteenthly, Sep 22 2017



       The "click" language of the West African Bushmen is notoriously difficult to master. Some Eastern European languages have syllabic constructions that even those born as native speakers rarely master before their teenage years.   

       But the obvious source is welsh, which has the dubious advantage that the written form* has no resemblance to the spoken form - which is unpronounceable - and has a minuscule vocabulary**.   

       *Developed by the English as a means of cheap amusement at the expense of whingeing taffs.   

       ** welsh has a total vocabulary of 7 words, corresponding to "Rain", "Mud", "Rock", "Grass", "Cold", "Rugby" and "Sheep" ***   

       *** Scholars initially beleived there to be 8 words, until it was conclusively shown by research that the words for "Sheep" and "Sexual partner" were the same.   

       // bic //   

       Sp. "Bic".
8th of 7, Sep 22 2017

       Bell curve. Some people will be better at saying the word than others irrelevant of how much morality is needed. It is better to wait for evolution to continue humanities progression and allow people to think properly through their sorry. This step up would therefore recover meaning.
wjt, Sep 22 2017

       // is better to wait for evolution to continue humanities progression //   

       You've only got a few billion years before your primary evolves into a Red Giant and makes your planet uninhabitable.   

       At the current rate of "progress", you don't have time.
8th of 7, Sep 22 2017

       How about including at least one syllable represented by the sound of a tablespoon struck vigorously against the forehead?
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 22 2017



       <rubs forehead ruefully>
8th of 7, Sep 22 2017

       Sari ?
8th of 7, Sep 22 2017


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