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.
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.
In the present contribution which concentrates on identifying such earliest influences on spellings in Middle English attention is focussed on the regional distribution of reformed spellings
, with a sociolinguistic focus on the type of the text.
In the 1870s, the Chicago Tribune began using reformed spellings