Report of the Commission on Amended Orthography: Authorized by the Legislature of Pennsylvania

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Edwin K. Myers, state printer, 1889 - Language and languages - 37 pages
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Page 26 - YOU need not be concerned, in writing to me, about your bad spelling ; for, in my opinion, as our alphabet now stands, the bad spelling, or what is called so, is generally the best, as conforming to the sound of the letters and of the words.
Page 10 - A more lying, roundabout, puzzle-headed delusion than that by which we confuse the clear instincts of truth in our accursed system of spelling was never concocted by the father of falsehood.
Page 16 - ... and scent. The etymology of the two former was, however, so obvious that the habit fell into disuse ; but the etymology of scent was less obvious, and so we write scent still ! What, again, can be more absurd than the final ue in the word tongue, as if it must needs be conformed to the F.
Page 29 - For o having the sound of u in tut write u in above (abuv), dozen, some (sum), tongue (tung), and the like. For women restore wimen. 7. ou. — Drop o from ou having the sound of u, as in journal, nourish, trouble, rough (ruf ), tough (tuf ), and the like. 8. u. — Drop silent u after g before a, and in nativ English words, as guarantee, guard, guess, guest, guild, guilt.
Page 13 - English etymologists were really swept away by the introduction of spelling reform, I hope they would be the first to rejoice in sacrificing themselves in so good a cause. But is it really the case that the historical continuity of the English language would be broken by the adoption of fonetic spelling, and that the profession of the etymologist would be gone forever? I say No, most emphatically, to both propositions.
Page 12 - English, and we shal hav a total of millions of years wasted by each generation. The cost of printing the silent letters of the English language is to be counted by millions of dollars for each generation.
Page 22 - pea,' spells 'cup.' "Fears were exprest lest this method should injure the pupils' spelling. In order to test that question, I took pains to procure, several times, lists of words which had actually been used in Boston, Roxbury, and other places, with the percentage of failures on each list. Springing these lists, without warning, upon classes of the same grade in Waltham, we always found our percentage of errors very much smaller than in other towns, sometimes I think only one-third as large.
Page 30 - Leag pledge, according to which one may start, or stop, at any point, from a simple preference for the simplified forms already admitted by the standard dictionaries, to the adoption of all changes recommended by the Philological Associations. The several stages are all consistent with each other, and enable any one who has the spirit of progress in him to exhibit that spirit in practical action, not only free from the risks of individual preferences or caprice, but with the knowledge that he is...
Page 15 - Tudor remodelers of our spelling, who were doubtless proud of their work and convinced that they were displaying great erudition. Yet their method was extremely incomplete, as it was wholly inconsistent with itself. After reducing the word tollerate to tolerate, they ought to have altered follie to folie, as the latter is the French form ; but this they never did.
Page 15 - The form of the word advance records a ludicrous error in etymology. The older form was avance, in which the prefix a- is derived from the French a which arose from the Latin ab.

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