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One New Thing
Friday, March 26, 2004
 
One New Thing: The word “counselling” comes with either one L or two.

And how alarming that spelling has been a barrier (even if a small one!) to finding information more so of late. At one stage in a former life I was studying to be a teacher, and one of the things we discussed once was that spelling isn’t vital for communication, used in written essays etc., and that spelling change is a major factor responsible for the evolution of language (which is why you don’t write in Shakespearian English, even if you can understand what he writes).

But I wonder how that concept can mesh with that of doing research using a spell-checked electronic medium?

For this week’s Friday link, I’d like to toss in a relevant spelling link. Read (carefully!) and consider the ideas of the Simplified Spelling Society.

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