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13 February 2014 @ 06:37 am
I put a spell on you  
We used to hear a lot about simplified spelling. Why don't we just spell words phonetically, the way they sound? Well, for two good reasons:

1. That would cover up the subtle relationships in the derivation of words.

2. One person's clear, obvious phonetic spelling is another person's funny dialect writing.

Computers have solved that problem.

Thanx to Chronicle
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Maia Cmaiac on February 13th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
I never see the argument against simplified spelling that immediately occurs to me: It would make previously published books as inaccessible to future readers as The Canterbury Tales is to (most of) us. Unless an author was popular or "important" enough to be transcribed into simplified spelling and republished, their works would be lost to future generations.
El Coyote Gordo: thumbsupergee on February 13th, 2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
That too.
Dan Blumtool_of_satan on February 13th, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
I am told that this has happened to Dutch; there was a spelling reform sometime in the 20th century (I forget the details, obviously) which made all earlier Dutch books very hard to read.