Flipside is a magazine written by the Young Observers, a group of middle and high school students from Washington and Greene counties, and published quarterly by the Observer Publishing Company.
Weeding out ‘unnecessary’ letters
By Soma Hannon
Recently, I was thinking about letters, and it came to mind the letter C is unnecessary.
It makes the same sounds as K and S, and is really only useful for CH. So, maybe we could just use K and S where the unnecessary C’s are, and use the pictogram for C for CH.”
Are there other unnecessary letters? It turns out there are.
J is only said as a soft G, and could be replaced by that letter. X is just an amalgamation of KS, without any real value. Y is also useless. Replace it with E or I.
Basically, eradicate any letters that can be made with other letters. This leaves room on a keyboard for more important buttons, such as “next” or “previous” or “save.” Exterminating unnecessary letters from the English language would also make spelling easier and typing/writing faster. This is why we should seriously revise the original twenty-six letters of the alphabet and only keep the necessary ones.
A Flipsider takes part in Catholic Schools Week
Many current and former Flipsiders attended Catholic school, including Lexie Zaugg, a seventh-grader at St. Patrick’s School in Canonsburg. Lexie joined Flipside midway through the first half of the 2013-14 school year. Here, Lexie cleans St. Patrick’s Church along with the help of not-pictured classmates Jan. 27 for service to their community during Catholic Schools Week.
Breaking down the new season of “The Bachelor”
The season premier of “The Bachelor” kicked off in early January, and what an interesting and drama-filled season it is already.
Let me get one thing straight before I go on with my ranting and raving – I am well aware “The Bachelor” is a cheesy reality television show, but lately, it’s getting a lot of press. The tv show always draws attention, but the amount of publicity this season it is receiving is unusual and a larger number of people are tuning in. This all might have something to do with who “The Bachelor” actually is.
Athletic, single-father Juan Pablo has a lot of ladies turning heads and, as usual, going absolutely insane, even on the first night.
My opinion of Juan Pablo is simple: he’s different. I have watched season after season of ”The Bachelor” and ”The Bachelorette” and I can honestly say that he is unlike any of them. I can’t say Juan Pablo is just different because he has a young daughter either, because there have been single parents on the show before. He’s just very considerate of his daughter and expectations for a family and he’s very selfless and mature about the entire ordeal.
However, I can’t say the same about all of the women. Two episodes of ”The Bachelor” have aired and, already, there have been tears shed, followed by emotional downward spirals, crazy mishaps, and the potential for falling in love, but this is nothing new.
There are a few touching, heart-felt stories in the bunch, and I think some of these women are both mother and Juan Pablo material, but you can’t expect anything when it comes to The Bachelor.
I’m excited to see what else this season has in store. I like Juan Pablo as the new bachelor and I wish him all the best on this “too-staged-to-be-completely-real” journey of rose after rose that can – and has – lead to a grand finale of true love for years to come.