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.

English spelling has been chopped and changed by countless scribes, printers, invaders and others since the Roman alphabet was first used to write Old English during the seventh century, and it does not match the way we speak today.  The English Spelling Society exists to repair our broken spelling.

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

2017-07-13 — Do you want fries with that? Data shows Americanization of English is rising A new study documents the speed at which American English has stretched around the globe – and its influence is even felt within the UK More ►

2017-07-11 — After century of dispute, the German alphabet just got a new character More ►

2017-07-08 — Chinglish signs may be a thing of the past if talks of new rules prove to be true More ►

2017-07-06 — Is texting hurting us academically? Experts respond More ►

2017-07-04 — Almost 40% of primary school pupils in England failed to meet the Government's expected standard in reading, writing and maths, national SATs tests results show More ►

2017-07-04 — Two in five Sats pupils fail 3Rs as critics say schools are still not teaching new system properly More ►

2017-07-03 — Why an Irish language Act would be a total disaster for Irish Both Gaelic and Ulster Scots will never thrive as long as they remain a political football More ►

2017-07-03 — That’s the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English by Matthew Engel – review Matthew Engel urges us to hang tough against Americanisms in this entertaining history of linguistic imperialism 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.