With the possible exceptions of presidents, baseball commissioners, and property taxes, there is no more popular object of abuse and ridicule than our "system" of English spelling. "Spelling," declares Mario Pei, "is the world's most awesome mess." J. Donald Adams adds: "It is wildly erratic and almost wholly without logic. One needs the eye of a hawk, the ear of a dog, and the memory of an elephant to make headway against its confusions and inconsistencies."
Word Ways: Vol. 11
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol11/iss4/8