WASHINGTON (AP) --
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.
It's been 100 years since Andrew Carnegie helped create
the Simplified Spelling Board to promote a retooling of written English and
President Theodore Roosevelt tried to force the government to use
simplified spelling in its publications. But advocates aren't giving up.
They even picket the national spelling bee finals, held every year in Washington,
costumed as bumble bees and hoisting signs that say
"Enuf is enuf but enough is too much"
"I'm thru with through
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.
"It's a very difficult thing to get something accepted like this," says Alan Mole,
president of the American Literacy Council, which favors an end to "illogical spelling."
The group says English has 42 sounds spelled in a bewildering 400 ways.
Americans doen't aulwaez go for whut's eezy - witnes th faeluer of the
metric sistem to cach on. But propoenents of simpler speling noet that a
smatering of aulterd spelingz hav maed th leep into evrydae ues.