"What is new is a more explicit reference" to the reformed spelling
in official material, said Sylvie Marce of the textbook publisher Belin.
Zand reviews with great care the spelling of the monster-bird Anzu in Old Sumerian, making the striking suggestion that the reformed spelling
of the Ur III period was in part motivated by the association of this creature with clouds or fog as known from the Akkadian Anzu-poem and was a folk etymology for an old spelling no longer understood.
The notion that in early times ordinary compositors knew of or attended to theoretical schemes of spelling reform--or would recognize a reformed spelling
when they saw it--is untenable: there is no evidence at all that compositors generally considered spelling as a system at all.
Not only did its 1,647 pages seem to provide an extremely detailed and comprehensive outline of the entire scope of human knowledge, but the book also had the fascination of being printed throughout in the "reformed spelling
" advocated by the decimal system's originator, Melvil Dewey.
He referred all doubting Thomases to pages 35-39 of Plea for Reformed Spelling
by Alexander John Ellis.
With reformed spelling
all words are spelled exactly as they are sounded, students learn to read much faster, and 20% of paper costs are saved as most words are spelled with fewer letters.
The words in the table below are all found as boldface entries from Webster's Second or Third Editions, or inferred past tenses or plurals, but excluding reformed spellings
, hyphenated fragments, and abbreviations.
Although such "reformed spellings
" became particularly fashionable during the Renaissance, when the influence of the classical languages was at its peak, "classicised" spellings are also found earlier, e.g.
In the 1870s, the Chicago Tribune began using reformed spellings
. Its owner and publisher, Joseph Medill, was a member of the Spelling Reform Association.