Thursday, June 06, 2013

Hey, look, a bookless library!

Want to know where the books are? They’re on planes, because Qantas is offering them to travelers. (Good idea!)

For kids, however, Smart PJs will call up bedtime stories at the touch of a…scanner, I think.

How one pronounces the words in these stories depends mainly on where you live. (Speaking as someone who grew up in Ohio as the child of someone from New England and someone from Chicago, my pronunciations are all over these maps. I just realized I pronounce "caramel" two different ways, depending on the context.)

Benjamin Franklin thought all this would be much easier if we’d only have adopted his phonetic alphabet. I’m tempted to use it as code, if nothing else.

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