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

2017-08-25 — REVEALED: 90 per cent of Britons struggle with spelling: How well would you do? More than 90 per cent of Britons are so bad at spelling that they rely on some form of spellcheck to avoid mistakes, a survey reveals. More ►

2017-08-23 — Élite Politesse The New Yorker style as content-generation machine More ►

2017-08-23 — Cheese for the bee-ah: a Limerick man’s struggle to learn Australian I was not quite prepared for the assault on my senses the Australian accent would bring More ►

2017-08-22 — Schools need to shun spelling bees which are being pushed into English medium schools of metro cities More ►

2017-08-15 — The fascinating English words which actually originated in India More ►

2017-08-14 — TEFL Org UK expands into the US as it seeks growth in key markets The Inverness-based teaching business aims to provide high-quality instruction to meet demand for American-accented English More ►

2017-08-11 — Words of the Week: Malay Words 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.