Word Ways


Kenneth H. Ives


English speech has drifted away from correspondens to its spelling. Efforts to reform spelling have ocurd since 1554, with only partial success. As a result, a recent study found over 500 spellings in use for the 41 common sounds in English words. Thus it is claimed there would be precedent for 613,975 different spellings of one particular word, one of which is pphoughtluipsh. This looks foolish -- & is, for it uses the spellings of sounds in sapphire, through, hustle, build & pshaw.