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.

2017-05-13 — Can split digraphs help children learn to read and write? It’s SAT season again, when many parents find themselves bewildered by the obscure grammatical devices their children must understand — thanks to Michael Gove More ►

2017-05-12 — Britain will leave but English will remain Reports of the language’s decline have been greatly exaggerated More ►

2017-05-10 — Well, it IS a tricky word! Funny chart reveals how 52 teens tried to spell 'camouflage' - with just TEN getting it right and one guessing 'camoflaugue' More ►

2017-05-10 — Pity our children – they’re being turned into grammar robots at school From adverbials to digraphs, the damage done by the government’s imposition of grammatical techniques is now there for all to see More ►

2017-05-10 — ‘Shameful’ figures reveal decline in school literacy The findings of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy also suggest that no progress has been made in tackling a deep attainment gap between pupils from rich and poor families More ►

2017-05-09 — Womyn, wimmin, and other folx More ►

2017-05-08 — Russian Orthodox Church criticizes Kazakhstan's shift away from Cyrillic script 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.

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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