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PUSH FOR FONETIC SPELLING SURGES ON

 
 
Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 10:03 am
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" or
"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.

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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 10:05 am
I believe that this article was written with an element of humor.
Sleeker and better adaptations to fonetic spelling cud have been employed.
Emfasis was added by OmSigDAVID

David
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yitwail
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 10:19 am
i'm enfamiliur wif de wurd surguess. did he meen surjis?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 11:21 am
Teddy Roosevelt pushed for phonetic spelling over a century ago . . . it didn't work for him, either, and he was President of the United States.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 02:44 pm
True.

I will not be demoralized.
Eventually, Man will tire of continually employing useless strings of letters,
and will dump his burden.


English is almost entirely fonetic already.
There r only a few adaptations yet to be executed,
( e.g., leaving the " Ls " out of wud, cud or shud,
and dumping the last 3 letters of " thoUGH " etc. )
Enuf is enuf.
Success is inevitable

David
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fresco
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 02:59 pm
What some people seem to forget is that we must not make it too easy for foreigners to learn English which provides obvious economic advantages They already have ridiculously simple verb conjugations and no genders or declensions to deal with!
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 03:00 pm
There's plenty more you'd have to get rid of, as well as dealing with letters that can mean various sounds.

E.g., the silent 'k' (as in 'knee') , the silent 'w' (as in 'wrong'), the silent 'h' (as in 'hour'); vowels that differ in sound ('hate' and 'hat'); combinations of letters (as in 'conscious'). How about a word like 'concept'? The same consonant has two sounds.

Not so simple, after all...
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