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Should we introduce a spelling reform in the English language so that it resembles the pronunciation?, 21 December 2016

“If bread were written as bred it would make it clear to every English speaker how to pronounce the word.”

Anatoly Liberman, The future of spelling reform, June 2013

“I’m very much for simplifying English spelling: it’s hopeless.

“[…] Everyone agrees, in a way, and nothing has been done. And I’m sorry to say that nothing will ever be done. Unless there is someone, let us say, someone who will try to run as our prospective president on an agenda of reform of English spelling. Well, then something may happen! But I think that, between taxes and other things, the chance is vanishingly small.”


Lindybeige Lloyd, English spelling – a bit mad, but perhaps the best system around, 12 November 2015

“Despite what you might think, actually English spelling is a really good system, possibly even the best system around, possibly even the best possible system!”


Arika Okrent, Why is English spelling so weird? 10 April 2015

“There’s a lot of blame to go around for the spelling situation we find ourselves in. You might not find any comfort in that, the next time English sneaks up on you with another crazy spelling prank; but try not to get too mad at English: it’s not an arbitrary meanie, it’s just the victim of a complicated history!”


Tom Scott, Ghoti and the Ministry of Helth: spelling reform, June 2013


Paul Meier, Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf: Lines 1-85 in Reformed English Spelling, June 2013


Jane Flynn Anderson, Why ITA works for remediation of reading disabilities, March 2013


The Children of the Code Project, Melvile Dewey and Andrew Carnegie’s simplified spelling, July 2012


Clive Anderson / the Open University, The history of English in 10 minutes, November 2011

“All this despite a written alphabet that bears no correlation to how it sounds and a system of spelling that even Dan Brown couldn’t decipher.”


Glaserbeam, Standardized English (Eenglish) 1, 2011


Glaserbeam, Standardized English (Eenglish) 2, 2011


Neal Holtschulte, A plan for the improvement of English spelling, April 2012


smelloftheice, Hitler plans to reform English spelling, June 2011


kalleboo, English spelling could have been a lot worse, April 2010


samblobloves, English spelling reform… is a sin, 2010


Masha Bell, Why improve English spelling? May 2009


Jake Cowan, Spelling reform in two minutes, 2009


Ed Rondthaler, Dumb English spelling, November 2008

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