September 14, 2005

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling.

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
By Mark Twain

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.


At 9:23 PM, September 19, 2005, Anonymous pei pei said...

I was working on the very last sentence, but I am not sure about my answer. Is there an answer?

At 6:07 PM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Chetan said...

Finally then, afer some 20 years or so of orthographical reform, we would have a logical, coherent spelling in use throughout the english-speaking world.

Aah the joys of cracking a puzzle! Thanks

At 10:51 PM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Krishna said...

Chetan: Thanks for your unraveling of the last sentence.

Pei Pei: Now you know the answer.


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