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Elizabeth Kuizenga

Elizabeth Kuizenga, a long standing member of the Society and of its Committee, died on Christmas Day 2016 after a long battle with cancer. We offer our sincere condolences to all her family. This page is devoted to her memory and in recognition of her major contribution to the cause of spelling reform.

Recent additions

These are usually the newest items by publication date, but items of historic interest are occasionally added.

2018-04-25 — Etymology gleanings for April 2018 A Turning Point in the History of Spelling Reform? More ►

2018-04-23 — Emoji Are Ruining Grasp of English, Says Dumbest Language Story of the Week More ►

2018-04-23 — 94% Of Brits Think Correct Use Of The Queen's English Is Slipping research shows that over half (54%) of Brits are not confident with their spelling and grammar skills. More ►

2018-04-23 — The 25 Toughest Winning Words from the National Spelling Bee The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been a yearly tradition since the 1920s. How would you fare trying to spell these baffling winning words? More ►

2018-04-19 — Teachers in UK report growing 'vocabulary deficiency' Problem exists throughout primary and secondary school, leading to lower self-esteem and negative behaviourMore ►

2018-04-18 — Crying face: Emoji 'are ruining the English language because young people use them to communicate and don't bother with words' Emoji may be a fun form of communication but they are destroying the English language, a study by Google has revealed. More ►

2018-04-18 — Emoji leading to 'serious decline' in English skills Nearly half of British adults are not confident with their grammar and spelling, YouTube research found. More ►

2018-04-16 — English, we hardly knew ye When the English language finally gives up the ghost, who will mourn it? More ►

2018-04-12 — Jail pushes out gaol as language modernises ENGLISH is a brilliant language. More ►

2018-04-12 — Media bias hinders language learning More ►

2018-04-12 — Gud Luk, Keeds! Fore Humbolt Stoodents Heded Too Staet Spelin Be More ►

Press releases

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How to use the News archives

Articles are presented as year archives of summaries, in reverse chronological order (ie latest first). Each summary ends with a citation which links to the original full article. Links to the year archives are given below. The number in parentheses is the summary count for that archive.

You can also use a citation to link directly to a specific summary in a year archive. For example, the following link takes you directly to Readable English system a boost for foreign students and opens it in a new window:

http://spellingsociety.org/news-archive-2016#[The_Australian, 2016-03-19]

Note that articles dated before 2010 are bundled into one page, and links must be modified accordingly.

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