[Spellyans] Variant Spellings
pyran at tiscali.co.uk
Thu Aug 7 21:03:08 IST 2008
I think "same" is a reference to the following article in today's Times
From The Times -August 7, 2008
‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’. Or maybe not
Time to give up on spelling, says academic
Alexandra Frean, Education Editor
For those who have always struggled to remember the exceptions to the
“i” before “e” spelling rule: don’t bother.
One university lecturer has become so fed up with correcting his
students’ atrocious spelling that he has launched a crusade for the most
common “variant spellings” - otherwise known as spelling mistakes - to
be fully accepted into common usage.
Instead of complaining about the state of education as he corrects the
same spelling mistakes in undergraduate essays year after year, Ken
Smith, a criminologist at Bucks New University, has a much simpler
“Either we go on beating ourselves and our students up over this
problem, or we simply give everyone a break and accept these variant
spellings as such,” he suggests today in an article in The Times Higher
Seeing that the spelling of the word “judgement”, for example, is now
widely accepted as a variant of “judgment”, why can’t “truely” also be
accepted as a variant spelling of “truly”? Dr Smith asks. “I am not
asking [people] to learn to spell these words differently. All I am
suggesting is that we might well put 20 or so of the most commonly
misspelt words in the English language on the same footing as those
other words that have a widely accepted variant spelling.”
As a starting point he suggests the ten words most commonly misspelt by
his students (see panel). To these he would also add the word “misspelt”
itself and all those that break the “i” before “e” rule (weird, seize,
leisure, neighbour, foreign).
Dr Smith’s suggestion was warmly welcomed yesterday by Jack Bovill,
chairman of the Spelling Society, which has advocated a simplified, more
phonetic, approach to spelling since 1908.
Given that English often spells identical sounds in several ways, it is
little wonder that English-speaking adults always come near the bottom
in international studies on literacy, he says.
The ee-sound, for example can be spelt as in: seem, team, convene,
sardine, protein, fiend, people, he, key, ski, debris and quay. Yet
there are no rules for deciding when to use which, so why not just spell
the ee-sound simply as “ee”? To ease the switch from current spelling to
a more phonetic system, the Spelling Society advocates a period of
transition in which traditional and new forms are used together.
Others are less keen. John Simpson, the chief editor of the Oxford
English Dictionary, believes that Dr Smith is fighting a losing battle.
“There are enormous advantages in having a coherent system of spelling.
It makes it easier to communicate. Maybe during a learning phase there
is some scope for error, but I would hope that by the time people get to
university they have learnt to spell,” he said.
He accepts, however, that some spellings do change over time. “Fifty
years ago ‘alright’ was one word and now it is two,” he said.
_*As spelt by Dr Smith* _
*Arguement for argument*
Why drop the “e” in argument (and judgment) but not management?
*Ignor for ignore*
Ignore comes from the Latin ignorare, meaning “to know”, and ignarus,
meaning “ignorant”. Neither of these words has an “e” after the “r”, so
why do we?
*Occured for occurred *
There is no second “r” in the words “occur” or “occurs” and that is why
nearly everyone misspells this word
*Opertunity for opportunity *
In Latin this word refers to the timely arrival at a harbour - Latin
portus. But the Latin spelling is obportus, not opportus, so, if we were
being consistent, we should spell “opportunity” as “obportunity”
*Que for queue, or better yet cue or even kew *
Where did we get the second “ue” in the word “queue” and why do we need it?
*Speach for speech *
We spell “speak” with an “ea”. We do not have to but we do. Since we do,
let us then spell “speech” with an “a” too
*Thier for their*
(or better still, why not just drop the word their altogether in favour
of there?) It does not make any difference to the meaning of a sentence
if you spell “their” as “thier” or “there”, so why insist on “their”?
*Truely for truly*
We don’t spell the adverb “surely” as “surly” because this would make
another word, so why is the adverb of “true” spelt “truly”?
*Twelth as twelfth *
Twelf is related to the Frisian tweli, but why should we care? You would
not dream of spelling “stealth” or “wealth” with an “f” so why do it in
Source: The Times Higher Education Supplement
Owen Cook wrote:
> Typo for same? But same as what?
> 2008/8/7 Christian Semmens <christian.semmens at gmail.com>:
>> All I can find on Google is this:
>> Scottish Association Of Meat Wholesalers
>> Thirteenth Annual Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW)
>> Both seem unlikely :)
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