News5. (underlined words and letters are presented as headings or in italics here.)
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News. July 1984, part 1.

The world showing countries from which SSS receives letters and articles, surrounded by sum reform spellings.


The House Style of SRI has been applied to this Section

Letter from Mona Cross, Editor, Northampton. July, 1984.

Dear Members and interested people,

You will be as disappointed as I am that your articles and letters hav not been delt with from last December until now. In future we shall aim at a bulletin made in February and March, another in June and July, and a third in October and November. I shall need articles intended for those particular periods to reach me by February 1st, June 1st or October 1st respectively. Thank you for your support of the News Bulletin and for our work dun thru committee meetings. It has been a special reward to us to hav visits from members at our meetings. Maybe we shall hav the pleasure of seeing you there sometime, and of meeting you too at the Conference which is to be held on one weekend in the Summer of 1985.

I hav designed the cover of this Bulletin to show you the countries from which we receive letters and articles. I hav put words in the border to test your reaction to sum of the spellings proposed for Stage I and later stages. So far two people hav stalled on the same two words. Let me know if you do the same please. (Answer elsewher in the bulletin).

The S.S.S. News Bulletin is a forum for those interested in spelling reform. Therefor it not only uses as the House Style those reforms accepted by the committee and based on the 1984 "Working Party Proposals", but informs you of other reforms, the chief of which ar "cut spellings". If you ar about to repeat those familiar words, "Why, they can't even agree among themselves," - paus befor uttering them, then ask yourself, "In which group of peopl is there agreement? In the Church of England? In the Conservative Party?" It is in neither of those comparatively orthodox groups, yet each has a firm goal. So hav we.

It seems to me that promoting methods of gaining publicity for our caus is harder than creating a spelling system, judging by the number of well considered ones created this century. John Ogden, Preston, Lancashire, a new member of our committee, has recently made special proposals. And I am delighted that he will be a coordinator with regard to the letters and articles published in newspapers. We need to "follow up" every articl. If you send the articl (not cut out, but preferably with the newspaper or part of it) to Mr. Ogden, he can then pass it on to one of a group of society members who will endeavour to rite in the appropriate way according to the tenor of the newspaper. You will then hav to forward the anticipated correspondence to him.

Do you re-call that Valerie Yule tried to promote a "SPELLING SPOTTER'S DAY on SEPTEMBER 30th". She has first class material for this, including games and illustrations. Maybe your newspaper would enjoy taking up the idea. Valerie would gladly send you suitable material.

This is a long News Bulletin to make up for the missing February one. I hope I hav published something representative of all your correspondence. If I haven't, then I'd be glad to noe.

NOTE CORRESPONDENCE for STANLEY GIBBS our Secretary, needs to be SENT to ME so that I can forward it to wherever he is living in the next TWO MONTHS.

Yesterday I saw this in a Building Society window:
Their spelling is improving isn't it?
Yours sincerely, Mona Cross (Publicity Office).

(Answer: ihe trbie) [I do not understand this! Web editor]

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