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February 2018

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A modest proposal.....

If I were to set out to reform English spelling, I'd stårt wiþ changes þæt would ædd to, ræþer þæn subtræct from, the esþetic quålities of þe længwidge. It's not sò much about chenging the parts that aren't broken, but insted reversing a hændful of the bæd decisions made in þe history of þe længwidge ænd its spelling. In þis sæmple, more letters are disæmbiguated þan åltered. A småll hændful of diacritical marks gôes a long way toards making þe spelling træck the sounds more closely. Not many words here hæve æctually been respelled. I hæve of course taken þe liberty of restoring þe letters 'þ' (þorn) and æ (æsh), and introducing 'å' (å æs in låw). It was a mistake to ever hæve dropped þem. Þis reform woud not create large ishues in understænding texts ritten in the old ôrthografy, I don't þink. Ænd it tries to keep faiþ wiþ þe history of English, a consideration more planned reforms offen fail to consider.

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