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This apparently unintelligible squiggle is an impeccable transliteration into New Shaw of some old George Bernard Shaw:
Androcles (whispering): Did you see? A lion.
Megaera (despairing): The gods have sent him to punish us because you're a Christian.
On his death twelve years ago, Playwright Shaw, an Irishman with a masterful but impatient command of English, left £8,300 ($23,240) in trust to help eliminate phonetic vagaries from the English alphabet. Characteristically, he suggested that the best way to do it would be to scrap the whole...