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

2016-08-27 — Could a reform of any spelling system be phased in slowly in schools first & allow current users to keep using the current system? More ►

2016-08-27 — Children crack complex English words at spelling bee contest More ►

2016-08-24 — Chomsky was wrong: University of Alberta study finds English is pretty hard English is 3 times more difficult than German, and 40 times more difficult than SpanishMore ►

2016-08-24 — It's official, English spelling is not 'optimal': University of Alberta study We all know it, but computer scientists say they've got proof. More ►

2016-08-23 — These are my words and this is my story': Learning to read and write as an adult Mark Hopkins struggled with literacy growing up, but by fighting the stigma and going back to school as an adult, he's learnt to read and write again. In his own words, he explains his experience. More ►

2016-08-23 — Sorry, Chomsky: English spelling is hardly “close to optimal” Computational linguists at the University of Alberta have disproved a long-disputed assertion from one of the world’s best-known linguists that English spelling is just fine. More ►

2016-08-22 — Letter legacy a fitting tribute to a language he enriched In 1948, an anti-totalitarian academic and politician with a classical background changed the way Danes spellMore ►

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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.