Sunday, October 04, 2009
A friend of mine recently told me that the spelling of the English language ought to be simplified, and I agreed with him.
I said that first of all, we ought to start with the plural. We add "s" to "cat" to make "cats", and "dog" to make "dogs", when anyone can hear that they are pronounced differently, and rationally ought to be "cats" and "dogz". The same goes for words like "walks" and "sings".
He said he hadn't thought of it that way, and was really thinking of words that end in -tion, and things like that, and that the -s rule was simple even if he was eventually forced to concede that it is not logical.
I always have such hopes for these conversations, and then find out that the reformers would really prefer not to have me on their side at all; it makes me sad; I am rather sensitive about it.