With a K

The street Malcolm searched for should have been spelled with a K. He would never get used to Slavic language phonetics. He found the oddly spelled street in question. It was many more blocks of walking to locate the correct number. He stood outside the door for a long time. His threadbare coat was barely adequate for the cold. It began to snow. Finally, he knocked. The man who opened the door looked . . .

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “With a K”

  1. Many European languages have different usages for the letter “K”. For the Germans any word ending in “G” is said as a K.
    Riesling wine is said as Rees link. The German word for day is Tag–it is said as tak. Koenig is the word for king–konick. The word knee in English is said as nee. The K is silent. In German it is spelled almost the same but said as Kah nee. Dutch is spelled the same but with a lower-case k. The Swedes spell it with a small k umlaut. The Norse spell it as knÆ — we used to use the Æ as in ÆSOPS FABLES.
    Some language experts say that we can do away with the C. I’m not so sure; khance, kharles, Khatanooga. There is an old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”–I’ll go along with that.
    Fred Barber

  2. ‘With a K! That was her reply! To mean OK, or even ‘okay’, when in a particularly indulgent mood. When did we all get so lazy with language and the written word? Are you listening to me? I might write to somebody about all this’, she complained.

    ‘K’, he said.

  3. She’d sent him in for Kleenex. All he saw was that the box was pink, and the name on it started with a K. He took it to the register and paid.
    “Would you like a bag for that sir?” asked the cashier.
    “No, I’m gonna use them when I get in the car.”
    Back at the car, he handed the box to his wife.
    “Why in the world did you buy Kotex?” she asked.

    (A true story from my husband whose uncle was the shopper.)

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