A Plea for Spelling Reform

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F. Pitman, 1878 - Spelling reform - 326 pages
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Page 1 - 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 14 - English language would he broken by the adoption of phonetic spelling, and that the profession of the etymologist would be gone for ever ? I say, No, most emphatically, to both propositions. If the science of language has proved anything, it has proved that all languages change according to law, and with considerable uniformity.
Page 11 - For any one who believes in the civilising power of letters and often talks of this belief, to think that he has for more than twenty years got his living by inspecting schools for the people, has gone in and out among them, has seen that the power of letters never reaches them at all and that the whole study of letters is thereby discredited and its power called in question, and yet has attempted nothing to remedy this state of things, cannot but be vexing and disquieting. He may truly say, like...
Page 12 - Is every English child, as compared with other children, to be mulcted in two or three years of his life in order to...

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