The Long View: Ambrose Bierce on Spelling Reform


From "The Devil's Dictionary"
by Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913?)


Orthography, n. The science of spelling by the eye instead of by the ear. Advocated with more heat than light by the outmates of every asylum for the insane. They have had to concede a few things since Chaucer's day, but are none the less hot in defense of those to be conceded hereafter.


"A spelling reformer indicted
For fudge was before the court cicted.
The judge said: 'Enough--
His candle we'll snough,
And his sepulchre shall not be whicted.'"

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