ÑSPEL

[Traditional English spelling] was devised by a team of misanthropic, megalomaniacal cryptographers who distrusted and despised one another, and so sought to hide the meanings they were tasked with encoding by employing crude, arcane spellings that no one can explain. (Ha, ha! I shall spell ‘could’ with an ell! They will be powerless to stop me!)

David J Peterson, The Art of Language Invention

Penguin Books, 2015

Ñspel is a new way of spelling English I’ve devised, with a view to being as unmisanthropic and unmegalomaniacal as possible. Apart from being much more phonetic and regular than traditional spelling, its main features are:

  • use of accents.
  • short forms for common words and for some prefixes and suffixes.
  • harmonisation between American and British pronunciations, in that Ñspel follows whichever produces the clearer or simpler spelling in any particular instance.
  • brevity – Ñspel is approximately 20% shorter than traditional spelling.

(And, in Ñspel “could” is spelt cd. Because that’s how it śd!)

Frank Johnson

1 January 2017

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