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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

An even mor Modest Proposal: that everyone whenever they wish can omit surplus letters in words that don't represent meaning or pronunciation and often mislead.

They ar the most common reason why spelling demons ar demonic. They waste time, paper, ink, but even mor they waste peple's time lerning them and hassl over getting them incorrect. U cannot gess what they ar or put them in the right place in words.

Try spelling all these 16 words correctly. Most peple can't:

acomodate
disapoint
disiplin
exessive
gardian
iliterat
miniture
mischivus
ocasion
professr
psycology
recomend
rememberd
sovren
tecnicly
unparaleld

We have been dropping surplus letters ever since Dr Johnson's dictionary in 1755, which had:

authour
characteristicks
controul
critick
domestick
energetick
errour
exotick
fabrick
gothick
oeconomy
phlegmatick
publick
subtile
superiour
teutonick
translatour

Let's cut out a few more! We would be going back to the medieval spelling, quite often, for example, heven, gost, and fether.

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