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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-06-07 09:30 PM
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Why is there animosity toward modernizing English spelling?
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Way iz er nəmasitiy tord madernayzin Iŋgliʃ spelin?

Whenever this is brought up on DU (generally in the Lounge) there is a huge firestorm about the dumbing down of the language or people supporting replacing English spelling with leet. It's a total non sequitur, no one supports that. Is Spanish dumbed down when its spelling periodically changes with changes in pronunciation? Has anyone ever seriously thought that English spelling should be replaced with leet, which is generally just as non-phonetic?

What I want to know is why people cling so much to an almost entirely non-phonetic spelling system that hasn't changed much in the last 500 years. At what point do we come to the conclusion that English spelling is just too absurd to live with? Are we already too far gone and any change would be seen as derailment?
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  -Why is there animosity toward modernizing English spelling? DinoBoy  Apr-06-07 09:30 PM   #0 
  - I hav no animosity tord it!  raccoon   Apr-10-07 09:39 AM   #1 
  - There is an issue of clarity with standardised spelling and grammar  TheBaldyMan   Apr-11-07 11:54 AM   #2 
  - How many lanaguages  supernova   Apr-13-07 05:02 PM   #3 
  - Thing is, whose pronunciation would you standardize it to?  pdxprog   May-20-08 12:53 PM   #4 
  - Because the only people who it would help are the people who are least able to advocate for it.  Occam Bandage   May-20-08 02:12 PM   #5 
  - Standard radio/tv speech.  raccoon   May-23-08 10:05 AM   #7 
     - If it had happened centuries ago, it would be almost as useless by now as standard orthography.  Occam Bandage   Jul-08-08 05:17 PM   #11 
  - There are a couple of issues with this.  ZombieNixon   May-22-08 11:00 AM   #6 
  - Regarding #2, I think the way the Beach Boys talk should be the "proper"  raccoon   Jul-08-08 07:47 AM   #10 
  - If you have the patience, read The Sound Pattern of English by Chomsky and Halle  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-24-08 10:42 PM   #8 
  - What Pdxprog said.  SheilaT   Jun-25-08 10:52 PM   #9 
  - IMO spelling reform is definitely necessary  Odin2005   Aug-13-08 04:27 PM   #12 
  - Well, the vowels are problematic  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-14-09 07:43 AM   #14 
     - That is very true.  Odin2005   Jun-14-09 05:23 PM   #15 
  - Consider the history of England  Warpy   May-24-09 02:23 PM   #13 
  - I would prefer a pictorial system, such as the Chinese characters. nt  ZombieHorde   Aug-19-09 12:49 PM   #16 
  - Don't know about that but  subcomhd   Aug-26-09 08:08 PM   #17 
  - Let French go first.  Zavulon   Jun-20-10 03:24 PM   #18 
  - Precisely....My Russian doctor asked me why we don't modernize our spelling  whathehell   May-12-11 05:17 AM   #19 
  - Dunno. Ain't seen nuttln like dat in da lunge.  elleng   May-12-11 09:33 AM   #20 
  - Just about any suggested major change will incur animosity.  Jim__   May-18-11 01:15 PM   #21 

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