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

2016-12-02 — 15 interesting language and literary facts More ►

2016-11-30 — Etymology gleanings for November 2016 More ►

2016-11-30 — Low-attaining teenagers 'make more spelling mistakes than 30 years ago' Students of all abilities are now using less complex sentence structures than in 1980, new research shows More ►

2016-11-29 — The glamorous restaurateur, and other anomalies ENGLISH IS FUN. Let’s prove it More ►

2016-11-27 — Sign off the times: GCSE pupils make more spelling mistakes than their parents' generation and often cannot spell 'too', 'of' and 'said' Five commonly misspelt words were 'off', 'too', 'said', 'myself' and thought' More ►

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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.