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Rejected Words

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This page lists, below this introductory paragraph, some of the words that have been considered but rejected for this project since November 8, 2005. Reasons are coded by number. For a fuller discussion of these reasons, see the discussion of principles that control the selection of words, which appears elsewhere on this website. The numbers there differ from the numbers here, but the order in which the principles are discussed is much the same. Now, the codes for the reasons various words have been rejected: (1) tho the present spelling may be less than ideal, it does not actually cause problems of consequence to readers, even new readers; (2) the suggested new spelling is at best no better than the old, and might be regarded by many people as not even as good as the old; (3) the proposed respelling draws needless fine distinctions that most people don't care about; (4) the suggested reform would create a new homograph with an existing word and thus risk confusion, especially in bits of writing that are less than full sentences, as for instance headlines; (5) THE ONE PROPOSED SPELLING CANNOT ACCOMMODATE ALL EDUCATED PRONUNCIATIONS IN MAJOR DIALECTS; (6) the change is too drastic: a lesser change, if possible, might suffice and raise fewer objections; (7) the change seeks to replace one well-established pattern with another, for no reason other than consistency; (8) the change is needlessly longer than the traditional spelling, so will arouse avoidable resistance; (9) the change would not work with grammatical endings (e.g., "buz" would become "buzzed" and "buzzing", so there'd be little point to changing the root word to begin with) — but a case can be made that doubling a final vowel before adding a grammatical ending is standard practice, so a change is still justified; (10) the reform proposes altering grammatical endings (e.g., -S to -Z; -ED to -D or -T), which this project generally will not propose; (11) the change would needlessly break apart related words; (12) the change breaks from well understood patterns and proposes a new way of spelling (e.g., -shon for -tion), tho we can justifiably alter less-common, odd spellings, like -cious and -science; (12) the proposed new spelling "looks funny" or so "un-English" (even if logical) as would probably make it unacceptable to most people who have already learned to read English; (13) some words just can't be changed because every proposed change has such big problems as to make leaving the present form advisable; (14) the word is too arcane for this project, which addresses words in common use among educated people, tho expanding the vocabulary by addition of words from, say, science, a good thing to do; (15) the word, in its traditional spelling or as respelled, might be regarded as vulgar or offensive, or provoke snickers in one of the main target audiences for this project, schoolchildren; (16) the word is regarded not as English but foreign, and people would recognize its original spelling but not an anglicized spelling; (17) the word is technical or scientific, not part of the general public's vocabulary, and the specialized audience that uses it would have more difficulty with the simpler spelling than with the more cumbersome spelling they are used to; (18) we do not need to reform the spelling of demi-words, imitative sounds like "eh", "huh", "hm(m)" and "oops" that some people do not regard as words at all; and (19) the proposed respelling consists only of vowels, such as "oo" for "ooh" and "ae" for "eh" — English is uncomfortable with words that consist only of vowels (there being perhaps only three, a, I, and O, and each of those is a single letter, not multiple vowels without a consonant).

Traditional Spelling Suggested Reform Reason for Rejection

[A]

abrasive 5
absorb, absorption 5
acumen 5
adagio 5
adsorb 5
aficionado 5
aggrandize/ment 5
agape (brotherly love) 5
agile 5
aioli 5
almond 5
altimeter 5
amateur 5
ambergris 5
amen 5
amine 5
ampoule, ampule, ampul 5
amyl aimil 5
amoral aimoral 5
andouille 5
aniline 5
apartheid apartate 5
appreciative 5
arbor vitae 5
argot 5
Arkansas (river) 5
asiago 5
aspersion 5
atropine, atropin 5
Ayurveda, Ayurvedic 5

[B]

baba ganoush, baba ganouj, baba ghanouj 5
baobab 5
barista 5
basil 5
bastion baschon 5
bathyscaphe, bathyscaph, bathyscape 5
bayou bieyu, bieyo 5
been binn [space...] 5
belle époque, belle epoque bellaypauk, bellaipuk (etc.) 5
berbere 5
beta 5
beverage 5
biacetyl 5
bidet 5
billet-doux 5
blancmange 5
bona fide, bona-fide 6
bona fides 5
bonsai 5
borage 5
boysenberry 5
braciole, braciola brazhoel, brachoal 5
braggadocio 5
brasserie 5
bromine bromene 5
brougham [at least 4] 5
bulimia 5
bustier boostyay, bustyay, busteeyay 5
buzkashi 5

[C]

cabal 5
cabala, cabbala, kabala, kabbala(h) 5
cadet cadett 1, 2
calliope 5
camera 5
canid 5
cantilever 5
capricious 5
capuchin 5
caramelize 5
carangid caranjid, caranggid 5
carbine carbeen, (carbyne) 5
carnauba 5
carpaccio 5
casein 5
cashmere cazhmere 5
cassia 5
caveat 5
cayenne 5
ceiba 5
centurion 5
chaebol 5
chanterelle 5
chantey, chanty shanty, chanty 5
charmeuse 5
chassis 5
chayote, choyote 5
cheerleader cheerleeder 7
chiminea 5
chinook 5
cholent 5
chorine 5
chiropodist 5
clavier claveer, claeveeyer, clavveeyer 5
clematis clemmatis, clemattis 5
clientele clientell 5
clinquant 5
cochlea/r 5
codify, codification 5
coercion 5
coffee klatch (also spelled coffee klatsch, kaffeeklatsch) coffee kloch (but also pronounced klaach) 5
cognoscenti, ~e 5
colander collander 5, 2 (OL/OLL will be read the same by some people)
colchicine 5
collaborate, ~ative 2
comatose 5
conch 5
congratulate 5
conifer connifer 5
consortium 5
coroner 5
corymb 5
courier 5
coven 5
creme de menthe 5
cruciate 5
culinary 5
cumin 5
curaçao 5

[D]

daiquiri 5
dais 5
darshan darshon 5 (2 different religions, Hinduism and Judaism, use this word, but with different meanings and pronunciations)
decorous 5
deify, deism, deity 5
deluge 5
dementia 5
dengue 5
deshabille, dishabille 5
devotee 5
diacetyl 5
diapason diapayson, diapayzon 5
digress 5
dinosaur dinosor 7
dissect 5
docile 5
domicile 5
doyenne 5
ductile 5
duende 5
duodenum 5
dybbuk, dibbuk 5
dynamite dinamite 2

[E]

either eether 5
emphysema 5
enceinte 5
envelope 5
ensign 5
epergne 5
ephedrine 5
episiotomy 5
equine eequine 5
equivoque 5
esplanade 5
eustachian (tube) 5
everybody 5

[F]

facile 5
faience, faïence fayonse, fiyonse 5
fait accompli 5
familiar familyer [Unicycle...] 5
fascia, facia 5
fasciitis 5
femme fatale 5
feral 5
finale 5
fiial finnial 5
fluoride 5
fluoresce/nt 5
full fooll 2
forecastle foaksal, others 5
fusillade 5
futile 5

[G]

gamine 5
ganja(h) 5
garage 5
gaseous 5
girolle 5
glaucoma 5
gourd 5
graham 5
greasy 5
grimace 5
griot 5
grovel 5
gruel/ing, gruelling 5

[H]

hagiogaphy (and derivatives) 5
handkerchief 5
haole houlee [reminded by Music...] 5
haricot 5
hashish 5
hectare, hektare 5
hegemony 5
helicopter hellicopter 5
herbaceous 5
hibiscus 5
hijab 5
hologram, holograph/y (etc.) 5
homicide 5
hootenanny 5
hovel 5

[I]

internecine 5
inveigle 5
invertebrate 5
Islam (and all derivatives) 5

[J]

jai alai 5
jardinière, jardiniere 5
Jesuit 5
joule 5

[K]

kabala, kabbala(h), cabala, cabbala 5
Kechua 5
kind kiend, kynd, kynde 13
kudos 5

[L]

largess, largesse 5
leisure 5
lenient, leniency
5
lever/age 5
licorice 5
liege 5
lien 5
lingerie 5
lipid, lipide 5
loess 5
loggia 5
lutein 5
lying lieing 2

[M]

machination/s 5
mademoiselle 5
madrasah, madrasa, madrassah 5
Mafioso 5
maguey 5
mah-jongg, mah-jong, mahjongg mahjong [fudge...] or mahzhong 5
mahout 5
majuscule 5
mantra 5
maraschino 5
material matereal 2
mature 5
mausoleum 5
medicament 5
medullary 5
mele, mêlée 5
mentor 5
mesocarp 5
meson 5
mesothelioma 5
metallurgy mettalurjy 5
methamphetamine 5
methaqualone 5
methylphenidate 5
metier, métier 5
métis, metis 5
mezzo/-soprano 5
moiré, moire 5
mongoose 5

[N]

Navajo, Navaho 5
neither neether 5
nematocyst 5
nopalea 5
nuptial 5
numismatics 5
nuptial/s 5

[O]

obeisance 5
occult 5
ocelot, oceloid osselot, osseloid 5
off auf 5
Om, Aum ome or oam or aum 5
omega 5
opinion, opine apinyon, apine first vowel is pronounced differently in verb (long-O) and noun (schwa)
opposite oppozit 5
oscine 5
osmosis, osmotic 5
ovulate 5
owl owwel [Jungle...] 1

[P]

pasha, pacha 5
panache 5
passerine 5
pasteurize 5
pathos 5
patina 5
pecan 5
penguin penggwin [Jacke...] Not doable. There is a second pronunciation without an NG-sound that cannot be accommodated in one spelling. "Pengwin" might be read as having ONLY an NG-sound, not also a hard-G following, with the new syllable beginning with the W, as in the familiar word "win".
peridot 5
pharaoh, ~nic 5
philistine filisteen, filistin, filistine 5
piezometer 5
pilau 5
piñata peenyotta, pinyotta 5
pince-nez 5
pinochle, pinocle, penuchle, penuckle 5
piquet, picquet 5
plait 5
plover 5
polka 5
pomace 5
porcine 5
porcino 5
portiere 5
portrait 5
prednisone 5
prelude 5
premonition premmonition 5
presage 5
prescience, prescient 5
presentation 5
prestige 5
puissant 5

[Q]

quadrille 5
quaff quof/f 5
quasi 5
Quechua, Quichua, Kechua 5
quiescent 5
quinoa, quinua 5

[R]

reconnoiter 5
redneck rednek (has form "rednecked", so dropping the C wouldn't work) 9
regatta 5
régime, regime 5
repartee 5
repercussion 5
resorb, resorption 5
retsina 5
ripost(e) 5
risotto 5
rutile 5

[S]

Safavid 5
saline 5
Salisbury steak 5
samara 5
sans 5
sapodilla 5
satiety 5
satrapy 5
schidigera 5
schism 5
scopolamine 5
seigneur/y 5
seignior/ial 5
selah 5
semasiology 5
septuagenarian [Fisherman... suggested "septuajenarean"] 5
seriatim 5
shaman 5
shamus 5
shiitake 13
silicate 5
simultaneity 5
slaver (drool) 5
sobriquet, soubriquet 5
solipsism 5
soporific 5
sorbet 5
spelunk/er 5
spiracle 5
spontaneity 5
squamous, squamose 5
staff staf [Orange...] Better to reserve "staf" for "staph" (short for "staphylococcus")
stirrup 5
strychnine 5
swath, swathe 5

[T]

table d'hôte, table d'hote tobladote [Firewall...] or, perhaps clearer, tobbladote (prescriptivist) 5 (dictionary shows tób.al doet too)
tachypnea, tachypnea 5
talisman 5
tapa 5
tapis 5
tarpaulin 5
tensile 5
tête-à-tête, tete-a-tete tatatate, tetatet(t), tettatet(t) 5
thiamine 5
tiara 5
tiger tiegur or tigur [yaora...]  or tyger or tygur (comments?) 1 (The G is correct here and most people would not be tempted to see a J-sound as being required.)
tobacco tabacco, tabacko 1, 2
tornadic 5
tourmaline toormaleen, turmaleen, toormalin, turmalin 5
transient 5
travertine, travertin 5
trebuchet, trebucket trebushay 5
tripanosome tripannosome, tripannosoam 5
tritium 5
trompe l'oeil 5
troposphere 5
tsetse, tzetze 5
tuyère, tuyere, tuyer 5

[U]

ugh 5  (five pronunciations!)
ululate 5
uncial 5

[V]

valet 5
various 5
vase 5
vasoconstrictor, vasodilation, vasodilitation, vasomotor, etc. vazo~ 5
vaudeville 5
vermeil 5
vertebrate 5
very verry 1
via 5
vice versa 5
vigor viggor 1
volatile 5
voyageur 5

[W]

wahine 5
waistcoat 5
wasabi 5
wassail wossal 5
water 5
Weimaraner 5
what hwut 5
whiff whif [Moon...] 9
Worcestershire (sauce) Woostersheer, -sher 5
world wurld, werld 1

[X]

[Y]

yashmak, yashmac 5
yeah yai 2
your/self 5
yowl yowwel [Fishstick...] or youwel 1

[Z]

zebra 5
zenith 5
zoomorphic 5
Zouave 5
zweiback 5

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SSWD is a project of L. Craig Schoonmaker, Newark, New Jersey, United States, creator of Fanetik: Reformed (Phonetic) Spelling — at Least for Teaching. For information about other ways to change irrational spellings, search the Internet for "spelling reform".

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