When Theodore Roosevelt Tried to Reform the English Language

Roosevelt. Known for his uncompromising stance on many issues, in the early 1900s Roosevelt used the full power of his position to try to force through several hundred new spelling reforms in an attempt to make the language—and the cost of printing government documents—more economical. Despite even the president’s involvement, however, in the end Roosevelt’s [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:32:20+00:00November 7th, 2016|English language, Language, Language reforms, USA|0 Comments

French furore over spelling continues

Maurice Druon was the writer and wartime resistant who, as perpetual secretary of the Academie Francaise, lit the linguistic time bomb that is now combusting over Paris. In 1990, responding to a request from then Prime Minister Michel Rocard, he compiled a detailed series of "rectifications" for the French language. Around 2,400 words were affected. [...]

By |2016-02-20T18:58:52+00:00February 20th, 2016|France, French language, Language, Language reforms|0 Comments