Re: Push for Simpler Spelling: English as a Global Language

Subject: Re: Push for Simpler Spelling: English as a Global Language
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 10:07:41 -0400

techwr-l-bounces+eric -dot- dunn=ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
wrote on 07/07/2006 08:58:30 AM:

> That's a good point about changes originating in
> society, rather than being imposed.

If imposing a simplified standard language was a good idea, Esperanto
would have been spoken by everyone by now.

Campaigning for simplified English based entirely on phonetics is
ludicrous and insulting. It is self-centred navel gazing that determines
that a particular groups pronunciations and cultural cues are better than
all others (or is language to become fragmented into locally understood
writing only?) and it is simple laziness promoting the belief that effort
to learn is wasted and excellence in learning shouldn't be celebrated.

I'll support the misguided protesting against spelling bees when society
forces everyone to participate in sports wearing debilitating and
equalising braces and other implements and over-paid and over adulated
professional sport is relegated to oblivion.

But that's unlikely to happen. It's still more popular to cheer the dumb
jocks blessed with size, muscle, or coordination and castigate/taunt those
endowed with intellectual or artistic gifts. On that note, society hasn't
evolved much past the level of cavemen.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer


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