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The English Language Needs an Update

Redundant letters and inconsistent spelling. How does anyone get anything done with this?

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Sometimes, I have this wild idea about updating English — taking it apart, tidying it up, and making it all a bit more consistent. Do we, for example, really need C, K, and Q? Three variants of the…




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