Welcome to freespeling.com
(with one l)
…new improovd 2012 version !
My name is Richard Lawrence Wade from Oxford, England (pronounced Ingland). I’ve worked in TV, Radio and Advertising.
I need your help — you read English — to break out of the cage that’s been holding us all prisoners for over 250 years…
Believe it or not, only 17% of native English speakers can spell the following six words correctly:
Height, necessary, accommodation, seperate, sincerely, business
Which of those is spelt wrong? Yes, separate! Did you notice?
ENGLISH SPELLING IS A NIGHTMARE …but you and I are going to change that! When freespeling.com was launched in 2001, most folk said it was just not possible to alter the spelling of English. A decade later thanks to technology and the web we can almost reach out and touch the future. We can stimulate that change.
But don’t worry
This isn’t Education
This isn’t Formal Reform
This isn’t Boring Old Spelling
This isn’t a New Set of Rules
This is FREESPELING.COM – its got 2 prongs:
- First – you write with your own speling for those words you find most difficult or illogical. But don’t go wild! Don’t litter the paj with dozens of unconventional spelings. Treat freedom gently!
Do we really, in the 21st Century, have to write ‘yacht’ when we actually say ‘yot’ – just because of its distant Dutch etymology?
- Second – Freespeling.com has already promoted some trial World Votes to stimulate a consensus for simpler, easier spelings which may become a new set of Standard Spelings for the future.
Spelling has been a problem for years. Before TV, people actually tried to make it fun. Imagine!
“Spelling bee: an innocent game from the days when people had to make their own entertainment” … an American word (since 1769) when a group of neighbours gathered to do something communally.
Okay. But is there REALLY a problem?
In Britain, there are some 7 million people classed as ‘illiterate’ — with a reading age of 11 or below.
In the USA, 44 million are said to have literacy skills of a 5th grader or below.
‘Illiteracy’ may mean a lower income, fewer job opportunities and the shame of being thought Ignorant or Stupid. Thats unfair Discrimination isnt it?
Freespeling.com aims to end the stigma of being a ‘Bad Speller’ because its the spelling that’s wrong!
Recent research shows English is one of the most difficult European languages to learn to read and write. To those of us for whom Inglish is our first language, we may hardly remember the nonsense of having to learn to spell words like ‘yacht’ and ‘lamb’ or ‘cough up phlegm’… but if it’s your second or third language, I bet u do!
So what can we do?
Well, no one wants to learn a whole set of New Rules, do they? The trouble is that formal reforms, introducing new alphabets and revised spellings imposed from above, have all been tried. Some have worked in individual countries, some have failed. English is now the World Language of the Internet but we dont want to wait for the United Nations to modernise English, do we!
We don’t want to stay stuck with fossils from the past like ‘brought’ and ‘debt’ So lets try to encourage a bud to open that has already begun to form. Text messaging SMS (Short Messaging Service) and MMS (Multi Media Service) have in the last decade changed the way many of us communicate. Most of us use abbreviations or our own shorter words or phrases. I bet you do.
If so, you alredy know where to begin!
Email has changed the world at work and at home. We often apply different standards to our writing on email too. Shorthand, acronyms…all sorts of devices to make the email esier and quicker.
BUT, no, I’m NOT talking abbreviation or some form of texting here.
I’m talking…easier, simpler speling—your way