English spelling is broken. Let's fix it!

English spelling is broken. Examples like comb, bomb and tomb, or height and weight, abound. And no-one seems to know whether the down pipe from a gutter is a rone, a rhone, a roan or something else.

Spoken language changes much faster than written language, and written English has now fallen several centuries behind. The English Spelling Society exists to bring English spelling up to date.

In this website you can discover the past, present and future of English Spelling:

• Discover the amazing history of English spelling — how it came to be the way it is, and what happened to previous attempts to put it right.
• Find out just how crazy English spelling is today — and how much that costs in economic and social terms.
• See what The English Spelling Society is planning to do — and how you can help.

English spelling is broken. Together, we can do something about that.

Latest news

2017-02-20 — Spelling's not for eveyrone, Mr. Precedent More ►

2017-02-19 — My New Crush on the Dictionary More ►

2017-02-16 — Grammar doc Dr. Brian Deady is compelled to correct one of medicine’s most commonly misspelled words More ►

2017-02-15 — The Trump administration has a spelling problem. But how bad is it really? We investigate More ►

2017-02-14 — How Can We Take The Trump Administration Seriously When It Can’t Even Spell Good? You know it’s gotten bad when the dictionary feels the need to weigh in More ►

2017-02-14 — What if the President Couldn’t Read? More ►

2017-02-14 — Americans revolutionised English spelling, but were stopped from going too far More ►

2017-02-13 — WTF? Inauguration Photo Features Embarrassing Trump-Style Misspelling A challenge “to” great for the Trump administration: spelling More ►

2017-02-13 — Forget #alternativefacts — let’s talk about alternative spelling The quest to Make America Great Again does not include its dictionaries More ►

2017-02-12 — Poor spelling is the latest lightning rod for a divided American public More ►

 

 

 

Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.
Did You Know:

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

 

Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.
FAMOUS ONES WHO WANTED TO IMPROVE
THE ENGLISH SPELLING SYSTEM
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles Darwin
  • Lord Tennyson
  • Mark Twain
  • Theodore Roosevelt

 

Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.