Friday, June 4, 2010
ken u spel?
You wouldn't think there would be anything too controversial about a spelling bee.
But, in Washington, it seems there's always a reason to protest.
And the Scripps National Spelling Bee has drawn a few protesters, believe it or not -- from the American Literacy Council and the London-based Spelling Society.
The reason: They want to simplify the way we spell words.
They passed out pins to passers-by with their logo, "Enuf is enuf. Enough is too much."
The protesters also handed out literature that said it makes more sense for "fruit" to be spelled as "froot," ''slow" should be "slo," and "heifer" should be "hefer."
Some may agree. On some days, I may even agree.
And yes, I know, we sometimes make errors and spell things wrong in the newspaper. (I hope I haven't spelled anything wrong here).
We try, but we're not perfect. Neither is spellcheck.
But really, we seem to want to dumb down everything these days.
Let's not do that to spelling.