The UK’s spelling society has proposed that the English language should be modernised, including getting rid of the silent letters and double consonants that make English such a tricky language to learn.
This would mean that the word ‘knee’ would be written ‘nee’, ‘cough’ would be ‘cof’ and ‘dumb’ would be ‘dum’. Some words would disappear altogether. The Spelling Society have asked a range of professionals to give the proposal serious thought ahead of the first international spelling congress which will be taking place later on this year.
Over time the meaning of words, their grammatical use and spellings have drifted and changed, as English language enthusiasts and teachers very well know. So suggestions such as the one proposed by the UK Spelling Society may not seem too strange from the perspective of the evolution of the English language. Although, it must be said, it’s a move that wouldn’t be supported by purists such as this one.
It also would not seem so illogical to another section of our population – but for a totally different reason! For the digital natives, living in an online world of chatrooms, posts, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and texting to name a few, such ‘modernisation’ of the English language (including spelling) is already understood. This generation has already adopted these ‘changes’ and have, in fact, created a total new and unique grammar and punctuation. As for spelling, these users would surely argue that, when in need, spell check and the like take care of any confusion over spelling rules they may have.
Alas it would seem that our language will continue to evolve, perhaps in a way that many of us may not endorse! So a final word to the professionals who are contemplating this change to a simplification of our spelling rules from the young audience who will be most affected by it. What would they say?
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