The Press: Hemloc Canceled

For five years readers of the Chicago Tribune have puzzled their way through such simplified spellings as "agast," "crum," "fantom,' "jaz," "lether," "staf," and 74 other phonetic short cuts. One day last week Tribune readers were agreeably surprised by a lead editorial headed: LACKY, PASS THE HEMLOC.

In an editorial masterpiece, which used 35 of the 80 words on the simplified spelling list, the Tribune explained: "Now it's all over. We're saying good-by to simplified spelling. We hope that no hassocs will be shied in our direction as we make our way down the aile to the mourners' bench. . . ."


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