Foreign News: No Ghoti Today

Not long ago Dr. Mont Follick, Labor member for Loughborough, interested his fellow M.P.s by demonstrating from the floor of the House a rotating toothbrush of his own invention. Last week Dr. Follick nearly won a victory for another invention, a system of simplified spelling.

The son of a Cardiff draper, Dr. Follick was born in Wales where every schoolboy is expected to learn the spelling of such names as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery-chwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. At 17, he left Wales for Australia. Perhaps Down Under he heard about the New Zealand hilltop called Taumatawhakatangihangako-auauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. He developed an English alphabet containing no C, Q or X.

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