Very funny video (via Alex Tabarrok) about the case for rationalizing the spelling of the English language. Obviously, readers of the blog will know that I’m a bit spelling challenged. But I say: It’s not my fault, nobody could spell this crazy language correctly!
Beyond myself personally, I’ve heard it said that the extremely high degree of regularity in Finnish spelling helps contribute to that country’s very high literacy rate. I’m obviously not in a position to assess that claim, but it is unquestionably true that English is harder to learn to spell than are many other languages (certainly harder than French or Spanish, the other two languages I have some familiarity with) and that presumably has some impact on the education system’s ability to teach kids to read and write. It strikes me as a subject that’s probably worth some inquiry.