Push for simpler spelling persists


From An AP Story: When "say," "they" and "weigh" rhyme, but "bomb," "comb" and "tomb" don't, wuudn't it maek mor sens to spel wurdz the wae thae sound? Those in favor of simplified spelling say children would learn faster and illiteracy rates would drop. Opponents say a new system would make spelling even more confusing.

Eether wae, the consept has yet to capcher th publix imajinaeshun.

It's been 100 years since Andrew Carnegie helped create the Simplified Spelling Board to promote a retooling of written English and President Theodore Roosevelt tried to force the government to use simplified spelling in its publications. But advocates aren't giving up.


I wouldn't have said "eether" there - I would have said "aither" (Is that the equivalent of eye-ther?? I'm obviously not very good at simplified spelling.)

I amnot a linguist but such efforts are silly and ludicrous. Language is a living and changing entity. Spelling may be "controlled" by dictionaires and such but they ar ebased on commonly accepted practice. To appoint a board to change the habits of all Americans who speak english is a waste of time and money. Look at how much effort Dewey (Dui) wasted in his efforts. Language, especialy English, is not logical. It is organic and constantly changing.