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

2017-01-16 — Zhou Youguang, whose Pinyin writing system helped modernize China, dies at 111 More ►

2017-01-14 — China's Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111 Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111 More ►

2017-01-14 — Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111 More ►

2017-01-14 — Being a good speller has its advantages “Spelling is diffcolt, chalangin, er, hard!” — Anonymous More ►

2017-01-14 — Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111 More ►

2017-01-14 — Chinese Linguist Zhou Youguang Dies at 111 Zhou’s Pinyin system of Chinese has virtually become the global standard More ►

2017-01-13 — Sorry Guardian - You Get An F minus for linguistics The Guardian, or as it is more affectionately known to its readers, The Grauniad, seems to think that it takes a native Russian speaker to write 'f' as 'ph' More ►

2017-01-10 — Tpyos vs. Mispelings: a Presidential Matter More ►

2017-01-09 — Do YOU have spelling OCD? Only the most pedantic of English language perfectionists will score full marks on this tricky test • A new quiz from Playbuzz claims those who score full marks have spelling OCD • Users will be asked to select the correct spelling of a word from 2-3 options • Those who score 13 or above are said to be obsessive when it comes to spelling More ►

2017-01-09 — Your English Is So Good! 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.