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

2017-10-14 — Deviation from the dictionary is not a sign of decline More ►

2017-10-03 — Tajikistan Demands Wikipedia 'Correct Spelling Mistakes' Wikipedia editor Ibrohimjon Rustamov says Dushanbe's demand suggests that Tajik officials have little idea of how the encyclopedia website actually works More ►

2017-10-02 — USC ISI researchers develop universal language translation system More ►

2017-09-30 — Invented rules, and those that follow them More ►

 

Special General Meeting

A Special General Meeting of the society will be held in conjunction with the regular quarterly Committee Meeting, to decide minor changes to the constitution. The meeting will begin at 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT) on October 21st, 2017, in room MAL251, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX. (Directions)

All full members should now have received papers for this meeting by email or post. The papers include the formal notice, and a ballot-or-proxy form. There are deadlines:

• The deadline for your postal or email votes is 10th October at 23.59 BST.

• The deadline for proxy nominations is 19th October at 15:00 BST.

The address to reply to is given on the form.

If you have not received your papers, please check your spam folder before contacting the administrator at the special email address tess.ballot@gmail.com. This email address has been set up for correspondence about voting or queries directly related to voting, so that it is kept separate from ordinary correspondence.

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.