Spelling reforms [was RE: punchcard svg file available]
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Fri Sep 11 17:58:12 CDT 2015
On Fri, 11 Sep 2015, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> 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.
This discussion reminds me of this quote:
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that
English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words;
on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat
them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary."
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