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Click here for an index to words discussed throughout this project, in chronological order, most recent first, from the commencement of the project on June 1st, 2004 thru January 2017; and here for words added from February 1st, 2017 onward..

Click here for an index to words discussed throughout this project from A-M, and here for an index to words discussed throughout this project from N-Z, in alphabetical order.

(Within the webpages noted above are clickable links to all the discussions, organized by quarter year.)

Click here for a list of possible future words.
Click here for the principles that govern the selection of words for this project.
Click here for a list of words rejected for this project because of those principles.
Click here for links to other websites concerned with spelling.

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(In general, only the base form of a word to be revised is given, but closely related forms, such as inflected variants of a verb or a noun created from the verb take the same change (e.g, the reform of "saturate" to "sachurate" carries over to "sachuration", "sachurated", and "sachurating"; "abizmal" carries over to "abizmally"; and so on.)


The distribution of words that require reform is wildly uneven from one initial letter of the alphabet to another. Ordinarily, we have considered one word a day for each initial letter, but we have just about run out of words in various parts of the alphabet, so will treat of the letters that have many, many words (e.g., C, D, P, M, and S) on multiple days in a row before moving to the next letter in alphabetical order.


Additions and revisions to this project have been delayed by the need to create a second Chronological index, because the single table it had been, grew larger (after almost 13 years) than my website-authoring (HTML) program could handle.

Sunday, February 19, 2017:  "preech/er" for "preach/er"

EA is so highly variable that the reader, esp. a child in a traditionally English-speaking country or someone elsewhere on this planet who is trying to learn this most useful of all languages, cannot know which of its various sounds to apply ("plead", "bread", "earthy", "area", "rhea", "Sean" — and more!). Here, the sound is long-E, which is most simply and clearly written EE, so let's write that: "preech" and "preecher".

Saturday, February 18, 2017:  "peddicel" and "peddicle" for "pedicel" and "pedicle"

This Science Saturday, let's fix two variant words for a single concept.* The only thing wrong with each is that a single-D leaves unclear whether the E that precedes it is long or short. It's short, in both cases. To show that, we need merely double the D: "peddicel" and "peddicle".
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* Dictionary.com: "a small stalk .... one of the subordinate stalks in a branched inflorescence, bearing a single flower."

Friday, February 17, 2017:  "paileontollojy" for "paleontology"

The good thing about the conventional spelling of today's word is that it employs EO to show the sound sequence long-E + short-O. Two bad things, however, need to be corrected.

The first is that AL is ambiguous, and could be read as having a short-A, as in "palimony" "alabaster", and "malice". That's not the sound here, which is "flat-A" as I use the term, which is NOT a synonym for short-A, but the sound in both syllables of "airmail", which is NOT the same as long-A, because it can be said in one syllable before L and R, whereas long-A cannot, but must always have a minor schwa before an L or R in the same syllable. That is, you can say "daily" (dáe.le) without a schwa, because the L goes with the following syllable, not the same syllable as the preceding-A, but you cannot say dael (for "dale") without a schwa before the L, nor daer (for "dare") without a schwa before the R. Oh, you might do it, with difficulty, but it would not sound like English but some kind of stilted, alien language. Klingon? (By the way, "Klingon" is a perfect spelling, even if there is no such thing as a Klingon nor a Klingon language.)

To show the actual sound here, we need to add an I between the A and L.*

The next issue in today's word is whether there should be a single-L or double. OL is a tricky case, because there are many words in which a single-L does NOT suffice to mark a preceding-O as short ("cold"), and double-L may occur even after a long-O ("pollster"). Still, it makes better sense to use a double-L to indicate a short preceding-O ("collagen", "pollen", "follicle"), so let's do that.

The last issue in today's word is the sound of the dopy G, which represents not G's own, unique sound, represented by no other consonant ("go", "get", "give", "gynecologist") but the sound of an entirely different consonant, J. Since the sound is J, let's write J: "paileontollojy".
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* In case you have not followed this project from years ago, I underscore the letters A and I when I intend each to be seen as just a letter, not the word "I" or "A".

Thursday, February 16, 2017:  "pyzon/no" for "paisan/o"

Tho many people may think that "paisan" and "paisano" are only Italian, they are in fact recognized as English now, so need spellings that accord with English conventions: "pyzon" and "pyzonno".

Wensday, February 15, 2017:  "occareena" for "ocarina"

I added today's word* to this project's future-words list when I saw (and of course heard) one being played in an old Charlie Chan movie (Dead Men Tell). It's not the kind of musical instrument one generally hears nowadays, but when I was a child, little plastic ocarinas were offered to kids.

The spelling is misleading, because the single-C will be seen by most people as marking the preceding-O long, whereas it is actually short. To show that, we should double the C.

The INA is also at least ambiguous, and arguably misleading, in that in some words INA is pronounced with a long-I ("china", "minah"), whereas here it is pronounced with a long-E. If the sound is long-E, let's write that so it will be read correctly: "occareena".
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* Dictionary.com: "a simple musical wind instrument shaped somewhat like an elongated egg with a mouthpiece and finger holes".

Tuesday, February 14, 2017:  "obnokshus" for "obnoxious"

XIOUS is a very odd spelling, that will esp. confuse new readers. Let's spell out the actual sounds: "obnokshus".


We are running low on, or have already run out of, words in need of reform that start in I, J, K, L, N, O, Q, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z. If readers see the need for reform of words that start in any of those letters, and which have not already been used (as recorded in this project's chronological archives) or rejected for this project files, please suggest reforms. But we need not change spellings unless the present spelling is inadequate or misleading, or there is more than one spelling and we need to settle on only one.

Click here for an index to words discussed throughout this project, in chronological order, most recent first.
Click here for an index to words discussed throughout this project, in alphabetical order.
(Within the two webpages noted above are clickable links to all the discussions, organized by quarter year.)

Click here for a list of possible future words.
Click here for the principles that govern the selection of words for this project.
Click here for a list of words rejected for this project because of those principles.
Click here for links to other websites concerned with spelling.

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This website proposes modest spelling changes to make English easier to read and write. Each day, we list (at least) one word that could usefully be respelled as would make English easier for kids and non-native speakers to learn, and for all of us to use, every day. If ordinary people, in their emails and personal communications, note-taking, etc., were to adopt these little changes each day, over time we would achieve significant simplification of English spelling, because publishers and educators would have to follow the people's lead. (Proposed reforms apply to all derivatives of the word reformed, not just to the base word.)

Tho it would be neater to change all words of a pattern at the same time (e.g., all -OUS endings to -US), that is implied in the change of individual words of that pattern. But traditional English spelling isn't consistent, which is why it is so hard to master. Some words that sound the same are spelled differently (there, their, they're); some words that are spelled the same are pronounced differently (refuse as verb and noun). To impose complete consistency on English without radical reform is impossible. Short of radical reform, then, we can either reform some words or surrender to spelling chaos and do nothing.

English spelling didn't become crazy all at once, but one word at a time. Old English was phonetic, and such variations in spelling as occurred reflected variations in pronunciation. New words have come into the language one by one, with their own individual spelling, sometimes quite unreasonable. In like fashion, we can change some unreasonable spellings to reasonable, one word at a time, inefficient tho that approach may be. See below for radical reform that does address all the issues at once.


* SSWD is a project of L. Craig Schoonmaker, Newark, New Jersey, United States, creator of Fanetik: Reformed (Phonetic) Spelling - at Least for Teaching. Phonetic pronunciations on this site are rendered in Augméntad Fanétik, which employs accents for syllabic stress. For information about other ways to change irrational spellings, search the Internet for spelling reform.


Comments? Suggestions? If you have suggestions as to words to reform, please check first if they have already been used or have already been placed on the list of words to be addressed in the future or words that have been considered but rejected. Please also check the principles that control whether a word will or will not be offered. Once you have done that, or for any other purpose, please write to Fanetiks@aol.com. Because, for reasons I do not understand, some people have written under temporary email addresses that are abandoned before I can reply, I will not make personal replies to anyone who (a) does not request reactions and (b) does not provide a valid return email address (which will be checked, before I write any substantive reply, by a test email). And if you'd like credit on this page for any suggestion you make that is used, please provide a name and location (city, state/country) for that credit. Absent a personal name, credit will be given to an abbreviated form of the email address, without the at-sign or domain information (e.g., if the email address is "mjmartin@gmail.com", credit might be made to "mjmart...")