Swedish language reform took a giant step yesterday when the letter O was finally officially banished after years of protest. Demonstrators started by filling in the O's with felt tip pens but realised a simple crossing out made their point more sharply. Lars Plm, whose name used to have an O in it welcomed the change:
"How lng d we have t crss this letter ut fr peple t finally realise that it is nt wanted?" he said to the Stockholm Gazette. Nobody knows why the Swedes took against the letter, and there are now unconfirmed reports that the letter U has gone into hiding, lest it suffer the same lexicographical fate.
But the Swedish Scrabble Association hit back saying that they should have had advanced warning of the ban, which came mid-game for many people. And computer scientists warned of a "Millenium Bog" effect because of the similarity of the crossed out O and the scientific zero.
Meanwhile the Norweigan J, whose fjord-focused relationship with the letter F seemed set in stone, may soon try and develop a new relationship with the letter H.