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March 26, 2009

WORD: ON SPELLING

You can't help respecting someone who can spell Tuesday even if he can't spell it right. -- Winnie the Pooh

The spelling of words is subordinate. Morbidness for nice spelling and tenacity for or against one letter or so means dandyism and impotence in literature - Walt Whitman

I don't see any use in spelling a word right, and never did. I mean I don't see any use in having a uniform and arbitrary way of spelling words. We might as well make all our clothes alike and cook all dishes alike. - Mark Twain

I have no respect for a man who doesn't know more than one way to spell a word - Walt Whitman

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great futurists are Winnie, Whitman and Twain. Spelling as a discipline was a mere fad. Developed by those afflicted with OCD, it hasn't lasted two centuries. But the glory of words and meaning will live forever.

March 26, 2009 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Knowing the weird and (sometimes) interesting orthographic rules in English is like knowing which fork to use. It's a social-class marker, with all the implications of that concept.

March 26, 2009 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back Chaucer's english. Huzzah!

March 30, 2009 12:50 PM  

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