Sometimes English spelling doesn’t make much sense.
But even though many influential people have tried to reform our wacky orthography, the anomalies persist. Will English spelling reform ever work?
Linguist Daniel Midgley spells it out on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Scott Quigg
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English Spelling Society: What is wrong with English spelling?
Stan Carey: A brief history of English spelling reform
Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 1, 2015
History of Spelling Reform
RationalWiki: English spelling reform
Wikipedia: English-language spelling reform
26 of Noah Webster’s Spelling Changes That Didn’t Catch On
Cut Spelling (CS)
NPR: Changes To French Spelling Make Us Wonder: Why Is English So Weird?
Failed Attempts to Reform English Spelling: 8 Spelling Suggestions That Didn’t Stick
What is the origin of the silent ‘b’ at the end of English words such as lamb, comb, crumb and bomb?
“The b-sound was lost by about 1300.”
“The parasitic -b began to appear late 1500s for no etymological reason”
Oxford: 11 spelling changes that would make English easier
Trying to change English’s complex spelling is a waste of time
Oxford Owl: What is synthetic phonics?
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