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July 06, 2006

O pleez spehr mi!

Yet another bone-headed attempt to "simplify" the language (as if l33t-speak hadn't already become the online world's lingua franca):

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.

The funniest part of the article is this claim:

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.

Yep. Making a system simpler would make mastering that system easier. Except for those of us who already use the older, more complex system. I don't know about any of you, but I find my reading comprehension drops to a crawl when I try to parse those "simplified" sentences in the quoted text above. And worse, the "voice" I hear the words in is pretty stereotypically rural — slow, oddly paced, and with terribly unsophisticated pronunciation.

Posted by Nicholas at July 6, 2006 10:46 AM
How about zis: "Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld." Posted by: Heywood at July 6, 2006 01:47 PM
People accuse me of being part of that movement - but I really just do not spell that well. Posted by: Alan at July 6, 2006 02:36 PM

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