My favourite example of such a word in English is "queue". I've heard English spelling was heavily influenced by French. That would explain it ;-)
That's why the American English is so much easier, the spelling is more logical, follows the actual pronunciation a little bit more. Of course I'm biased and it all depends on what you're used to.
By the way, if you mention a "queue" in the US they'll think you're talking about a pool (billiard) "cue".
(hey, I'm talking about the cue, not her... ;)
Here instead of queueing we simply wait in line. LOL
...and while I'm at it...
Has there ever been a spelling reform in the Polish language? For example would it be possible to abolish the letter ó and only use u? Or to get rid of the spelling difference of h and ch? ...how about ż and rz? Different spelling but the same pronunciation, right? At least I think so? Has that ever been considered?
I'm wondering because of the way Webster reformed the English language. Noah Webster is the gentlemen who made our lives so much easier here in the US. In his own words he saved us from the "clamour of pedantry" that surround the (British) English grammar and pronunciation. :)
"...Webster complained that the English language had been corrupted by the British aristocracy, which set its own standard for proper spelling and pronunciation. As a spelling reformer, Webster believed that English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex, so his dictionary introduced American English spellings, replacing "colour" with "color", substituting "wagon" for "waggon", and printing "center" instead of "centre"..."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Webster (Off the subject - Note that the statue of Webster in West Hartford, Connecticut which is included in this article was designed by a Polish American - Korczak Ziółkowski)
UK - US
aeroplane - airplane
annexe - annex
cheque - check
doughnut - donut
encyclopaedia - encyclopedia
foetus - fetus
mould - mold
neurone - neuron
disorientated - disoriented
phoney - phony
programme - program
plough - plow
sceptic - skeptic
storey - story
theatre - theater
tyre - tire
Thank you Mr. Webster!
So has there ever been a similar language reform in Poland?