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Protesters Picket at National Spelling Bee

Say What? Spelling Bee Protesters Have Had Enuf

"Enuf is enuf. Enough is too much."

— Protesters are picketing outside the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week with signs carrying this slogan. The small group, which includes an 81-year-old former school principal, wants to make spelling simpler. If they had their way, "fruit" would be spelled "froot" and "slow" would be spelled "slow." I'm not sure this would make things easier.

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
ANYWAYS Main Entry: any·ways Pronunciation: \-ˌwāz\ Function: adverb Date: 13th century 1 a archaic : anywise b dialect : to any degree at all 2 chiefly dialect : anyhow, anyway
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Tres I think you might have included an extra 'w' up there...
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I'm certainly not if favor of changing our entire language and spelling everything phonetically, however to be fair, they are well intentioned. From the Spelling Society website: "Our odd spelling retains words like cough, bough, through and though. This increases illiteracy and crime. Fix it and you fix a host of problems. We want to fix it. "...there is evidence that English-speaking children around the world take much longer than speakers of other languages to learn to write, and they are distracted from writing creatively because of the constant attention they must give to spelling problems as they write. "There is also empirical evidence that children's confidence in their sense of logic is seriously undermined by our illogical spellings, resulting in problems with mathematics skills as well. "Indeed, many children just give up on school altogether as a result. The prisons are full of people with literacy problems. "...our spelling puts an unfair burden on the many foreigners and aboriginals in Canada's population. We welcome them into our culture, then throw a written language at them that they can expect never to master. This is not only unnecessary, it's discriminatory, hypocritical and wasteful." I don't know... I really think their efforts would be better put toward literacy and tutoring programs...
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Ridiculous - Although whether it's more absurd to picket at an event that promotes education or that anyone would devote time to destroying the English language is a toss up. Both make me cringe.
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 7 years
Awesome. Let's dumb our kids down even more!!!! "froot" Seriously? How effing lazy can Americans get??? Why is the thought of having to use your brain so damn offensive in this country?
Blue24 Blue24 7 years
Ok, who on Earth can't spell "fruit"? I don't get it when people can't use their native language correctly. Is it that hard to master? One language? The most common words, at least! Like "fruit", for God's sake. Personally I really love languages so that sounds just horrible to me! My native language is rather crazy but I wouldn't change it at all. It's not impossible to use it properly(but most people don't).
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Spell 'laugh': L-O-L Please don't let it come to this.
idanceinmycar idanceinmycar 7 years
This is a slap in the face to the intelligence of these kids in the spelling bee.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
They had a spelling reform like this in Germany a couple of years ago. Everyone was confused, a lot of big newspapers and stuff refused to use it, because the new rules didn't make any more sense than the old ones and now the dictionaries pretty much allow both the old and the new spelling. Nothing has gotten easier.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
It was only four people. Hell, I could get three of my friends together to protest the existence of anything. They are old people with nothing better to do except color some signs. I happen to like the English language, although it is impossible to master. Thank God for spell check :)
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 7 years
Wow, way to lower standards. Don't people have better things to do with their time?
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