Originally Posted by GingersMom
Would you mind very much sharing with me the source of this information? I have a communications degree, have taken more than my share of English and writing classes, have extensive theater experience where proper enunciation was always stressed, and nowhere before have I ever heard that AKS is the original pronounciation of the word ASK.
Caedmon, for one, spelled it "acsian" around 1000. Chaucer, in the prologue to the tale of the Wife of Bath, used "axe" in 1386. Wycliffe's bible around the same time used "axide" or "axe" as well. In 1803, a man who wrote "Anecdotes of the English Language" wrote: "A true born Londoner, Sir, of either sex, always axes question, axes pardon, and at quadrille axes leave" (I assume this is out of copyright, yes?) (citation from the OED... but not quoted or paraphrased)
Up until the regularization of spelling, which in many cases followed the rules of Latin or simply fancy, the "ask" or "aks" were just as acceptable. And in Old English, it was always "acs-" and never "asc", which would have been pronounced "ash" anyway. It became ask in some dialects through metathesis, one of them being the dialect around London that our own modern English happened to evolve from, mostly because it was spoken by people with the most power.
But the spoken form "aks" never died the way the spelling did. When someone says "aks" they just speak a different dialect than you, they aren't wrong. Anything that naturally occurs in anyone's speech isn't wrong, to a linguist. It just isn't Standard English. Most of the things we view as errors or mistakes aren't. They're just differences, and differences that are characteristic of the speech of people who are not those in socioeconomic power. For instance, if you don't say your r's in some parts of the south, you are viewed as refined and wealthy. But if you don't say them in Brooklyn, you're immediately labeled as lower-class.
This isn't communications, it's linguistics: the two fields often oppose one another. Communications and theatre, I imagine, would teach you very well how to speak and write in the most prestigious forms of modern English. That's far from the point of linguistics.