: In fact, the cedille is on s, not c: Ceauşescu
. But sincerely, I suppose only Romanians are writing it like this...
Glad to know that your story is just a myth...
Secondly, I was thinking about what I said (that in the 90's they returned to pre-war spelling) and I realise it probably wasn't really this way. If the â and the î were used according to etymology, their position in words would be random. Changing from this spelling to one where you use only î is quite easy, but the opposite I believe is not so easy (to change from "everything has î" to "suddenly some words have â and there's no specific rule to tell which have and which don't"). So maybe the "use î at the beginning and at the end of a word and â in the middle" rule was an artificial rule created so that the transition would be easy and that would work (or correspond to etymology) in the majority of cases.
This is just pure speculation though. I have no idea. I'll wait for the Romanians to say something
I thought about it when I notice that there are such Romanian words as înger
(angel), that according to this rule are written with î, but that etymologically speaking would make much more sense if written with â (ânger, from Latin angelus