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Spelling is mentioned in the news articles somewhere in the world every few days. The News pages aim to capture these articles as a matter of record and of interest.

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.

2018-07-31 — Education Secretary Savaged For Rising Inequality As New Fund For Literacy Revealed Damian Hinds vows to take on 'persistent scandal' of pupils not being able to read. More ►

2018-07-30 — The difference between ‘callus’ and ‘callous’ More ►

2018-07-30 — Kapow! Spelling by sound More ►

2018-07-27 — Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? More ►

2018-07-25 — Google Docs will start using AI to fix your spelling mistakes Google says it is using language translation techniques to turn your spelling mistakes into proper English.More ►

2018-07-25 — Qooco Asia Spelling Cup 2018 in China comes to an end More ►

2018-07-11 — Don't mix-up: The four easy rules to help determine where to place pesky hyphens Study of more than 10,000 words found four basic rules work 75% of the time. If word is a verb, adjective or adverb, it likely needs a hyphen (like chain-smoke). If second part has more than two letters, it should be spelt as one word (like coastline). More ►

Press releases

See press releases previously issued by the Society.

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.

The Society cannot guarantee that the original articles are still available. Some articles are behind pay walls or are available only by subscripton. The Society is not responsible for this and cannot help you if you have difficulty accessing the article. Dead links are another matter: please report any dead links to the page editor.

To suggest an article for inclusion, send its URL to the page editor. It will be included if it is judged suitable. Submissions are not acknowledged unless you specifically request it — but they are appreciated!

Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.

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