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  • WP 5.1 (Score:3, Insightful)

    Things were better back in the days of WordPerfect for DOS, when the ' key gave you an apostrophe (or right single quote) and the ` key gave you a left single quote. You had to go out of your way to mess up "'Twas the night before Christmas" or "class of '85", whereas nowadays you have to go through contortions to get them right.

    Of course, if you actually wanted a typewriter apostrophe or a backtick things weren't so easy, but then I didn't have much occasion to type code in WordPerfect.

    I'm surprised you
    • I'm surprised you didn't bring the `okina into the rant. If the Hawaiians wanted to use the Latin alphabet and only needed a handful of characters anyway, couldn't they have stuck to ones that other people were using?

      I hate them SO MUCH. AND they just could NOT use circumflexes (or acutes or anything like that). God forbid. I hate them SOOOO much.

      • And then they want people to use the damn thing in the middle of English sentences. It's bad enough when they ask for an apostrophe. The English name for Hawaii is Hawaii, just like the English name for Mexico is Mexico. None of this Hawai`i or México unless you're writing Hawaiian or Spanish.

        Not to mention the people who say hah-WAH-'ee or hah-VAH-'ee instead of hah-WIGH-'ee. It's not spelled Hawa`i, so the other i is there for a reason.