Education: A Drim Kum Tru

If he had not tried to rush it, George Bernard Shaw might have succeeded in giving the English-speaking peoples a phonetic alphabet. Says the Smithsonian Torch, a slim house organ put out by the Smithsonian Institution for the museum set: "We are in complete accord with Bernard Shaw's campaign for a simplified alphabet. But instead of immediate drastic legislation, we advocate a modified plan.

"In 1957, for example, we would urge the substituting of 'S' for soft 'C'. Sertainly students in all sites of the land would be reseptive to this.

"In 1958, the hard 'C' would be replased by 'K' sinse both...

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