THE AMERICAN LITERACY COUNCIL says English spelling rules are confusing and ought to be simplified. Doing so, proponents say, would send literacy rates soaring.
No more would cough and dough look similar and sound different. Right could be ryt and wrong could be rong.
Its an old fight. For years, the Chicago Tribune used words such as thru and tho in a push for more logical spellings.
But language should evolve naturally. Who eats catsup or gets hiccoughs anymore? And in time, spellings change. Advertisers say that lite now is often preferable to light. All of this without a reform movement.
Instead of pushing for easier spelling rules, it makes more sense to campaign for better teaching and stronger study habits.
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