Education: Wo

If the British Government were as intelligent as George Bernard Shaw, it would junk the English alphabet, adopt a new one of 42 letters so that each sound would have its own symbol. So wrote Shaw to the London Times last week. For years he has used Pitman shorthand to save time in writing. Said Shaw: "The fact that Russia, with its 35-letter alphabet, can spell my name with two letters [Wo ] instead of four may conceivably make it impossible for us to compete economically in the world with Russia."


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