Etymology gleanings for February 2017

From time to time people share with me their versions of Spelling Reform. I rarely respond to such letters, because, unfortunately, I have little to say. The problem, as I see it, is not the ideal
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Spelling From time to time people share with me their versions of Spelling Reform. I rarely respond to such letters, because, unfortunately, I have little to say. The problem, as I see it, is not the ideal version of the reform but the reality of its implementation. The choir is happy, and we keep preaching to it. So here is my “take” on it, as business people say. For quite some time a congress devoted to Spelling Reform has been discussed. I have often expressed my opinion on its organization. Most probably, we need a group of people who can and are ready to do something. Those are ten or so active members of the Society (perhaps fewer: such as have studied the question in all of its ramifications, that is, “workers,” rather than figureheads invited for lending glamour to the gathering), along with representatives from four or five major newspapers and (most important) several officials (government, education) from the entire English-speaking world who will have the authority and. . .

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