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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.

2018-01-13 — Spelling, grammar errors abound in paper More ►

2018-01-13 — The Real Reason Some English Words Have Silent Letters There are legitimate explanations for why words like pterodactyl and tsunami exist. More ►

2018-01-13 — The Most Complicated Word in English is Only Three Letters Long Three little letters, 645 meanings More ►

2018-01-12 — Battle of the words at 2018 District 32 Spelling Bee More ►

2018-01-11 — Aussie kids from migrant backgrounds do better in English than their peers My hunch is that Anglo-Australian kids are suffering from a whole bunch of negative linguistic influences which can be summed up as a general lack of vigilance or care about the state of the English language. More ►

2018-01-09 — Why It’s Right, Education Is Now Focusing On English More ►

2018-01-09 — Denison ISD gets first spelling bee winner More ►

2018-01-09 — The English words Spain begrudgingly added to its dictionary this year Big changes to reading en español More ►

2018-01-08 — You're Probably Pronouncing These British Towns Incorrectly In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores towns with unexpected pronunciations More ►

2018-01-06 — We should write words the way they are pronounced More ►

2018-01-04 — Helensburgh head's 'back to basics' plea over pupils' spelling and grammar 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.

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