The Long View: Spelling Reform

This was definitely John's least popular enthusiasm. There is just about no easier way to get a guffaw or a snicker than talk about spelling reform. Nonetheless, John did. He was even on CNN once for this I think. Theodore Roosevelt and the
Great Spelling Reform Initiative
of 1906

August 27, 1906: On this date, President Theodore Roosevelt directed Charles A. Stillings, the Public Printer of the United States, to use 300 simplified spellings in all the executive-branch documents printed by his office. The documentation for this characterically bold initiative is here made available online for the first time.

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The Mysterious "Executive Order"
The List
The History

Tocontrast the president's lucid and manly views with the obscurantist sophistries of the Dark Lord of Lexicography, click on the image of Dr. Samuel Johnson:

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Various Schemes to Reform English Spelling

Famous Dead People Who Have Promoted Spelling Reform

Fiction, Nonfiction in Reformed Spelling

Spelling Progress Bulletin Samples

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