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    Simplified Spelling



    The Simplified Spelling Society recently had a discussion with Professor Vivian Cook about whether English spelling should be simplified. English spelling is chaotic, but I found the society's arguments weak.


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    Default Re: [Tdol's Blog] Simplified Spelling

    (I can't access the article.)

    Why are people always harping on spelling? It's more than outdated idea, wouldn't you have to agree, especially given that history repeats itself. Take a look at Shakespearian English, Old English, Middle English--you need scholars to translate the words. So if someone ever gets the go-ahead to change modern English, you and I and everybody else who can read modern English will one day be scholars too--because somebody is going to have to teach people how to decipher what's already been written.

    Moreover, what century are these spelling reformists living in? Certainly not this one, the one where technology leads the pack. From typesetting to typewriters to keyboards, which one day will indeed be supplanted by video. Typing is on its way out, and with it that savior of Microsoft's, the all powerful spellchecker.

    Video is a silent mover. It's the future. The written word will be supplanted by the spoken word, maybe not in all things (signs, etc), but in most things. So, unless you're living in the past, why even bother worrying about spelling at this point?

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    Default Re: [Tdol's Blog] Simplified Spelling

    I don't know- they have been merrily failing to get anywhere for ages, going right back to G Bernard Shaw.

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    Default Re: [Tdol's Blog] Simplified Spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I don't know- they have been merrily failing to get anywhere for ages, going right back to G Bernard Shaw.
    PLEASE PLEASE!!!! I want to know what's better I asked for a soup or I ordered a soup i am writing a formal letter to a restaurant
    help me!!!!!

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    Default Re: [Tdol's Blog] Simplified Spelling

    Either will do.

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    Default Re: [Tdol's Blog] Simplified Spelling

    Just don't say you ordered the soop unless you're a member of the Simplified Spelling Society.

    Let's tell the Simplified (Simplifide?) Spelling Society that they have officially won the argument and are now free to simplify the spelling of the English language. That should shut them up forever.

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    Mad Will they never learn? Yogi Berra beat me to it.

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    Default Re: [Tdol's Blog] Simplified Spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by diana monzon View Post
    PLEASE PLEASE!!!! I want to know what's better I asked for a soup or I ordered a soup i am writing a formal letter to a restaurant
    help me!!!!!
    Start a new thread if you have a question.

    (Punctuation. Capitalization.)

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