In keeping with the idea of yesterday's post, here is a tidbit that strikes me as humorous.
English speakers have long used a sort of clicking sound that we make by putting the tip of our tongues to the roof of our mouths just behind our front teeth. Then we suck in our breath ever so slightly, making a longer version of a click.
In the singular (one click) it can express exasperation or dissappointment. In the double, it means dissaproval. In this sense (double) we often use it ironically, signalling mock dissaproval.
Well, we use it so often that authors have had to invent a way to spell it. At some point, someone decided that it sounds kind of like a mixture of the letters "t," "s," and "k." I think the "k" should have been a "ch," but nobody asked me.
So, we see sometimes in the conversation in books, that somebody says, "tsk." Or, "tsk, tsk."
Great, so we are finding ways to write unwritable words. If only it stopped there.
But readers try to sound out what they see on paper. And when they see "tsk" some have been rather at a loss as to how to pronounce this word. After all, we are all told that all English words have vowels. So some vowel must be missing.
So readers (rather a lot of them) have invented a vowel to put in the word. And enough of them have independently chosen to insert an "i" that we have now a new word. "Tisk." Or, "tisk, tisk." And then they go and use that word in ordinary speech. "John just won't listen to his mother. Tisk, tisk."
Thus, through trying to spell unspellable words, and then trying to read them back, English has gained a new word that never was.
Our language is really out of our control. That is not bad, it is merely amusing.