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English spelling reform through history — When it’s worked and when it hasn’t

Jun 28, 2013 By Abraham

You have almost certainly heard at some point in your life, someone (maybe yourself) complaining about the annoying inconsistency of English spelling. Such complainers are not alone. Many people through history have tried to rein in the idiosyncrasies of written English.

And have these would-be orthographical reformers succeeded? Yes and no…

(And for those who keep track of obscure internet personalities, the guy in this video is the same one who brought us “Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff.”)


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