Spelling reforms [was RE: punchcard svg file available]

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Fri Sep 11 16:43:52 CDT 2015

On 09/11/2015 12:03 PM, Rich Alderson wrote:

> However, it was far earlier than the Victorians.  Noah Webster
> (1758-1843) only overlaps the Victorian era by 6 years; he was
> reacting against the aristocratic spelling norms of the 17th and 18th
> centuries, when Latin and Greek were held to be more important than
> English in the learning of the latter language.  His spelling book
> was originally published in 1783.

It should be noted that neither Webster, nor Col. McCormick (he of the 
Chicago Tribune simplified spelling) got all of what they wanted.

Webster wanted spellings of "ake", "soop", "cloke", "wimmen"...

The NEA in the 1890s accounted for "catalog", "prolog", "program"...

Then there was the Simplified Spelling Board of 1906, advocated by 
Andrew Carnegie and Theodore Roosevelt.  Congress didn't much care for 
the 300-word list, but some spellings made it into modern usage. 
"Meter", "maneuver", "orthopedic", "omelet", "sulfate", "wagon" are 
among those.

Thus, US spelling has been a work in progress.

To their credit, even the English have adopted some of these.  How many 
British write "aera" for "era" nowadays?


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