New Simpler Spelings for You to Try

We have already held three sets of votes in wich anyone from anywhere in the world could choose easier, simpler spelings for a number of frequently used words.Each time we only suggested 15 difficult (or common) words and gave voters a whole string of possible alternative spellings. So here are just 45 of the new freespelings they chose which you may like to use. But if you decide you have a better one – no problem!

Where voting was close, more than one option is shown.

standard spelling

NEW freespeling

accommodate AKOMODATE
accident AXIDENT
because BECOZ
business BIZNIS
definitely DEFINITLY
desperate DESPRIT or DESPRET
embarrassment EMBARASMENT
excessive EXESIV
foreigner FORINER
forty FORTI
photograph FOTOGRAF
friend FREND
gauge GAGE
guarantee GARANTEE
height HITE
chaos KAOS
cough KOF or KOFF
conscientious KONSHIENSHUSS
millennium MILENIUM
necessary NESESARY
knowledge NOLLEGE
occurred OCCURED
paralleled PARALELD
personnel PERSONEL
secretary SEKRATRY
said SED
seize SEEZ
should SHUD
sincerely SINSERELY
solution SOLUSHON
success SUXESS
psychology SYKOLOGY
through THRU
you U
unconscious UNCONSHUS
view VEW
Wednesday WENSDAY
when WEN
yacht YOT

What do you do next…?

Use them, put them in your spell checker, try them out on family and frends but dont use them in a CV (curriculum vitae) nor an exam. Nor in a job application.

These new freespelings can now live and circulate alongside standard conventional orthografy and may the easier, simpler speling win!!


Mission Statement

Freespeling aims to encourage flexibility within English speling similar to the language’s versatility of expression and innovation of vocabulary so that, year by year, a new consensus on preferd spelings wil emerge to enable greater ease of written communication and wider literacy.


  1. I really dont understand the reasons of people who have made these confusing rules of spelling in English language.

  2. Gilda says:

    I am hoping to get my Healthcare Reimbursement cefatricite so my interaction with patients would be very different from a CMA, but I think I would like to work in a Chiropractors office. I have back issues and know first hand how much of an improvement I feel after one adjustment. To be part of a team, where you were able to help someone, in a fairly short period of time, seems like it would also be very rewarding.

  3. Ron Knnox says:

    we could start by getting rid of silly things like ghb in words like neighbour, better nayber?

    thorough = thoru.

    there are a few words lyk that.

  4. sablon kaos says:

    Info yang bermanfaat.. terima kasih. semangat berkarya.. kawan.. maju terus .. jaya…

  5. Geoff says:

    I dont see any benefit of having double leters

  6. john says:

    The problem with some of these variants is that they are not systematic. Vowels particularly dipthongs are one of the biggest problems in English. Are we going to address the difference between back and bake as bak and bake or bak and baek, for example? How for example do you render the schwer in a regular form eg “u” or “e”. If it isn’t standardised then nothing is achieved. Business for example is not biznis it is bizn[e or u]s. Also peeple with a silent e on the end of it – how is that standardisation? Sekratry as rendered here is not right either – it should be sekr[u or e] t [u or e] ry ie sekretery or sekrutury. Personally I favour all schwers as being shown as “e” with ee and eh used where necessary such as “beer” and “wehr” with the difference between the short “e” and the schwer being left as an anomaly to be learned such as in the word “rendered”.
    Some of the words are okay but I would find it difficult to vote in favour of ones that are illogical due to either not being properly thought out or due to misunderstandings by those voting.

    • AnWulf says:

      @John … I agree with you. Consistency is what I look for. I’m ok with -tion being pronounced “shun” as long as it is always said as “shun”. The “ough” cluster should go … thus: thru, tho, altho, enuff, tuff, thoro … All of which I use.

      The ‘ea’ diphthong is problematic … is “read” present tense or past tense? Go back to an older spelling for the past tense: redd … reddy and alreddy make sense.

      Why swap the y for an i in forti? (But keep it in “sekratary”?) Is that from the influence of the “world vote”?

      And axident? Do yu really say that first syllable as ax? Or ak? Do you say ak-si-dent or aks-i-dent? I say the former. So you can see where free-spelling might cause problems. Huru if forain (it’s not fo-rin; it’s said as fo-rain), non-nativ speakers are plugging and chugging.

      It’s a good idea … needs a little work umbe the edges!

  7. AZSH says:

    people = peepel

    recommend = “rekomend” is beter

    solution = solushen

    view = vu

    we = v

    • AnWulf says:

      @azsh … View could be vue but not vu … vu would be said as voo. Vue, Sue, due …

      We is as onefold as it can get! The w does NOT = v! Definit difference in the way the letters are said.

  8. ikk says:

    Ther’s just one word that became worse: NOTICABLE

    C should not have an S sound before anything other than E, I and Y, unless we want to complicate spelling even further (or we could introduce Ç as in French and Portuguese, LOL).

    Other than that, FreeSpeling is grate! I specially like “biznis”, “fotograf”, “gage”, “hite”, “kaos”, “manuver”, “peeple”, “sed”, “thru”, “Wensday” and “yot”.

    As a non-native speaker, these are really helpful respellings to me. I hav bin mispronouncing “gauge” as “godge” for a long time… Fortunately not aloud, in front of others, but in my hed when reeding silently.

    • AnWulf says:

      Gage is alreddy an accepted variant spelling. It’s in the wordbook. Yu could hav been spelling it this way all along!

      From the OED:
      gage |gāj|
      noun& verb
      variant spelling of gauge.

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