Why English Spelling Makes No Sense


Written on 3:32 PM by Jack B.

If an S, an I, an O and a U
With an X at the end spell Su,
And an E and a Y and E spell I,
Pray, what is a speller to do?
Then if also an S and an I and a G
And H-E-D spell side,
There's not much left for a speller to do
But go and commit siouxeyesighed.

- written by the Spelling Reform Association some 60 years ago or so (!) and excerpted from the book, One Language for the World, written by Mario Pei, and originally published in 1958.

I guess some things just stand the test of time, huh?

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