Simpler Spelling?

July 7, 2006

When I read this article about the Push for Simpler Spelling, I gotta tell ya, I was mortified! It reminded me of Erika’s post a few months ago about IM speak.

According to this article, there is a “movement” in favor of simplified spelling. Those in favor say children would learn faster and illiteracy rates would drop. Opponents say a new system would make spelling even more confusing.

An example of this simplified spelling? Well, various examples were cited in this article; such as:

“Thae sae th bee selebraets th ability of a fue stoodents to master a dificult sistem that stumps meny utherz hoo cuud do just as wel if speling were simpler.”

The article took me twice as long to finish, because I just couldn’t read the phonetic spelling!

Pushers of this simplified spelling system even picket the national spelling bee finals, held every year in Washington, costumed as bumble bees and hoisting signs that say “Enuf is enuf but enough is too much” or “I’m thru with through.”  Personally, I think that’s pretty funny.

Some of the backers of this “movement”? Andrew Carnegie, Melvil Dewey (of Dewey Decimal System fame), Theodore Roosevelt and Playwrite George Bernard Shaw’s work followed attempts by Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster and Mark Twain to advance simpler spelling. Twain lobbied The Associated Press at its 1906 annual meeting to “adopt and use our simplified forms and spread them to the ends of the earth.” AP declined.

I don’t know. I think this is ridiculous! What do you think?