A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD SPELLING SYSTEM By Alleen Pace Nilsen, A Discouraged Professor of English Education.
A NEW LOOK ATAN OLD SPELLING SYSTEMBy Alleen Pace Nilsen, A Discouraged Professor of English Education
NOTE: My work on spelling was inspired by a senior English major who is getting ready to student teach next year and made 51 spelling errors on a four-page short-answer written exam.
From a 2006 study conducted by Andrea A. Lunsford and Karen Lunsford
as an update to a 1986 study done for the St. Martin’s Handbook
and cited in Getting It Rightby Smith and Wilhelm, 2007, p. 65
In children’s writing—Of course we do not want to limit kids to just the words they can spell.
In commerce—Original product names are created not only for trademark protection but also for succinctness and for persuasion in ways that companies cannot be held legally responsible.
In literature—Creative writers such as J. K. Rowling use original spellings for many literary purposes.
In pop culture—People who send text messages, create graffiti, and make puns and jokes rely heavily on invented spellings or on pointing to “inconsistencies” in standard spelling.