A Plea for Spelling Reform: A Series of Tracts Comp. from the Phonetic Journal and Other Periodicals, Recommending an Enlarged Alphabet and a Reformed Spelling of the English Language
Fred. Pitman, 1878 - Spelling reform - 326 pages
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Page 1 - A more lying, roundabout, puzzle-headed delusion than that by which we confuse the clear instincts of truth in our accursed system of spelling was never concocted by the father of falsehood.
Page 11 - For any one who believes in the civilising power of letters and often talks of this belief, to think that he has for more than twenty years got his living by inspecting schools for the people, has gone in and out among them, has seen that the power of letters never reaches them at all and that the whole study of letters is thereby discredited and its power called in question, and yet has attempted nothing to remedy this state of things, cannot but be vexing and disquieting. He may truly say, like...