Skip to comments.'Enuf is enuf': Protesters in bee suits outside Spelling Bee want to make English simpler
Posted on 06/04/2010 8:07:31 AM PDT by metmom
WASHINGTON (AP) The nation's capital always draws its share of protesters, picketing for causes ranging from health care reform to immigration policy.
But spelling bee protesters? They're out here, too.
Four peaceful protesters, some dressed in full-length black and yellow bee costumes, represented the American Literacy Council and the London-based Spelling Society and stood outside the Grand Hyatt on Thursday, where the Scripps National Spelling Bee is being held. Their message was short: Simplify the way we spell words.
Roberta Mahoney, 81, a former Fairfax County, Va. elementary school principal, said the current language obstructs 40 percent of the population from learning how to read, write and spell.
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Double plus bad!
Don’t homeschooled kids dominate these things?
So because there are stupid illiterates out there, our school system should be (further) dumbed down?
They tend to be over represented.
You can only remove my Merriam-Websters Unabridged 2nd Edition from my cold, dead hand ... and my compact OED from my other cold, dead arm.
Oh good grief
More like “paging Teddy Roosevelt”.
phonetic spelling obliterates word geneology. It destroys the meaning. Literate people can tell if a word has Latin, French, or Olde English roots - this adds texture and meaning to our lives...
English IS at times a crazy language, but let’s not dumb it down to the level of texting and rap “music”.
Maybee thay hav uh poynt. exsept for thuh fact that Ehneetheeng rittin beefor thee implehmentayshun uv this eyedeeuh wood bee az hard too reed az Chowser, thayr iz noe disadvantij.
But now, everything is just so hard and so unFAIR.
Precisely. Phonetic spelling is about separating words from meaning. By defining words by their sounds, you remove that connection between word and meaning.
And who gets to define phonetics, either? Some people pronounce “better” as “betah”, others more like “butter”. Whose spelling would be right?
theyr luzrs. (Intentionally mis-spelled)
The ‘F’ key was broken on the typewriter of the guy who invented the term...
You nailed that one.
It’s what we say it is......
I am certain that they do not have a plan to differentiate between homophones other than saying, "The reader can figure it out from the context."
This does not help children or non-native speakers who have to attach meaning to the word in order to place it in context.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
surprise! That’s what Communists did when they took power.
In Russia, they simply eliminated several letters from the alphabet and re-spelled many words.
In China, the Communists “simplified” the characters, and at one point, on Stalin’s advice, even considered getting rid of characters all together.
Destroy the Culture, destroy the People, remake the People.
A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling by Mark Twain For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli. Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.
40 percent can't read, write or spell? 40 percent? So if I get a group of five randomly selected people two will be illiterate? Sounds like a dancing abacus needs to protest those bees over their innumeracy.
What other stoopid cozzes arr awt thar anyways?
YES - and not only that — the real mission of this “movement is that in a very short time it would render all of English literature UNREADABLE to everyone.
Ze drem vil finali kum tru.
That’s funny. Where did Mark Twain write this? Have never seen it.
It reminds me a a science fiction story I read once that I can’t immediately recall.
Gotta think on that one.....
IIRC, even Noah Webster had a crack at this before he settled down and put together the first dictionary of American English.
“Although many people have attributed the “Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling” to Mark Twain, most Twain scholars doubt that this attribution is accurate. It has also (and probably more accurately) been attributed to one M.J. Yilz, in a letter he wrote to the journal The Economist.”
well, it certainly is within the TWAIN sense of humor.
Most of us learn English just fine and can spell IMHO those who have problems need to be tutored by their parents or by paid tutors. If neither work perhaps they have some other learning disability that needs to be addressed?
Kemal Ataturk's "language reform" was, in the words of one sympathetic observer, "a catastrophic success." Yes, it made the Turkish people much more literate, almost overnight. OTOH, it cut off their literary connection to a thousand years of history. Which, come to think of it, was the point.
No, it’s “double-plus ungood.” To some extent, newspeak is modeled on Esperanto.
Let’s hear it for thorn and eth! And don’t forget ash!
>>phonetic spelling obliterates word geneology. It destroys the meaning. Literate people can tell if a word has Latin, French, or Olde English roots - this adds texture and meaning to our lives...<<
Brilliant! and so true.
If they get back to teaching phonics and language of origin, that would be a start.
Then you just memorize the rest.
And let’s round pi down to an easier to remember 3.0000000.
Dumbing down the populace. That’s the goal of socialists.
Remember nearly 20 years ago when they tried to push through ebonics in schools in the Clinton Error?
Yoo beet mi to iyt! I knoo Twayn wood end up in heer sumwear.
Look how well Ebonics went over.
I, for one, am sick and tired of the left diddling our language. Remember when Gay used to mean Happy? A Bum was a bum, and not Homeless? People were Short and not Vertically Challenged? Retarded meant what it said, and physically handicapped people weren’t Otherly Abled?
Of course, this crap spawned a whole bunch of confusing oxymorons, such as Politically Correct. Which it ain’t.
I never mastered newspeak./s
Put some ice on it and teach the kids!