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Coffeehouse with a Connection
I'm writing this at an Internet cafe.
`Cafe` is a French word and
in fact it is necessary to put a
hook, or nail, sign over the last letter.

But I have no idea how to put it
using this machine.

I`m not the only one who is
doing it without the sign.
Englishmen frequently
put this short word like this.
They do not take care when
they make use of French words.

A better way might be to
make use of English words like

Coffeehouses in England have a
long history.
They were meeting places for
men of arts and letters, like
Samuel Johnson.

| Networking | 17:30 | comments(2) | - | pookmark |
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Cafe is an international word in BASIC.
| Yuzuru Katagiri | 2006/03/22 7:57 PM |
Dear Yuzurusan, you are right. "Cafe" is certainly an international word. I've never said it wasn't. (^-^) What was troubling to me was that Englishmen, on old typewriters, or writing machines, put this word like "cafe" without a hook, and have it sounded like "cafay." George Orwell was un happy about it, it's still hard for most us to put this word in the right form, using some computers. But that may be a trouble with machines, not with language.
| Ryotasan | 2006/03/24 11:24 AM |

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