Grapheme clusters, a.k.a.real characters
Gregory Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz>:
> Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
>> * a final "v" receives a superfluous "e" ("love")
> It's not superfluous there, it's preventing "love" from looking like
> it should rhyme with "of".
I'm pretty sure that wasn't the original motivation. If I had to guess,
the reason was the possible visual confusion with "w".
An interesting tidbit is that the English spelling demonstrates how the
[o] sound regularly shifted into an [?] sound in front of nasals and
Again, exceptions abound: