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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.

2018-10-17 — Taiwan’s most misspelled English words according to Lingvist Education firm says Taiwan’s most misspelled English word is only four letters long More ►

2018-10-16 — Creativity is a human quality that exists in every single one of us More ►

2018-10-16 — How and Why Did Silent Letters Emerge in English? The easy answer is “"because English can’t leave well enough alone." More ►

2018-10-15 — The spelling of verbs change depending on the tense in use More ►

2018-10-06 — The list of words I could not spell was endless The health secretary kept quiet about his dyslexia for years, worried he would be thought lazy More ►

2018-10-04 — Latin may help students bridge their native language with English Lessons in the Latin roots of words may help Spanish-speaking students who are learning English bridge the gap between the two languages.More ►

2018-08-28 — Speaking English: Some unexplainable rules for the Queens language More ►

2018-05-11 — The Infectious Enthusiasm of Breaking the Bee An absorbing documentary spotlights four young Indian American spellers trying to make their way through a competitive field. More ►

2018-05-11 — You Say 'Hoover,' I Say 'Vacuum': A Linguist's Journey Across The Trans-Atlantic English Divide [book] The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English. 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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Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.

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