Education: Frenly Noshun

A cock-simple way of simplifying spelling was proposed last week in the London Times. Arising out of a discussion of Basic English (TIME, Aug. 16; Sept. 20), a letter-to-the-editor purported to quote the great Elizabethan, pipe-smoking Sir Walter Raleigh, who spelled his name three different ways (Ralegh, Rauleygh, Rauley) but never Raleigh. "Sir Walter's" simple suggestion: spell any way you like.

The quotation (supposedly from a letter to one Mrs. F. Gotch in 1598, but obviously modern):

"I have growen wery of spelynge wordes allwaies in one waye and now affect diversite. The chief vertew of my reform is that it makes...

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