Do you know if they did?
Is it possible for you and me to pronounce this sentence with the same tone?
It is a widespread belief that the English spelling system is recklessly misleading when it comes to pronunciation but to a certain extent it could be true of practically any spelling system.
Should we simply admit that as any human invention our writing systems are far from being perfect?
I would also add, if I may, that a bit of good schooling could work miracles in this field of communication.
ps. What is an economical writing system? Is it about the right balance between how much we want to and can get across?