Education: Simplified Spelling

Protesting against "the levity and lesemajestè" of an editorial in the London Times about the late King George V's spelling, an eminent Briton whose notions are always news wrote a letter to The Thunderer:

You have failed to appreciate . . . the laudable and sensible attempts of our Sovereign's royal father to spelg the English language as it ought to be spelt. . . . The English language cannot be spelt, because there is no English alphabet. We make shift with a Latin alphabet. . . .

Our attempts to make a foreign alphabet of 26 letters do the work of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!