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OFFICIAL HOUSE STILE RULES as of October, 2006, Edited by Theo Halladay on Feb. 2, 2008 with updates from 2006-7 discussions. Examples supplemented by Theo and Steve.


a) We wil use the shortest, most foneemic variant spelling of a word found in enny major dictionary. Includes aesthetic>esthetic, oesophagus>esophagus, –ise>-ize, labour>labor, phantasy>fantasy. Numbers ar not speld out. Common abreeviations remain.

b)Ware a word is pronounced difrently in Standard British and General American speech, we keep TS in the part of the word ware the pronunciation differs e.g., 'schedule', 'missile'. This also aplyes for a partial discreppancy: ‘arid’, not ‘arrid’, ‘was’, not ‘wos’ or ‘wus’. Dont change consonants exept to dubble after a short stressd sillable.

c) We cannot change a word to a TS homograf with a difrent pronunciation, e.g., not 'off''of', not wander>wonder, not bowel>bowl, not putt>put.

d) Root words (respeld or not) don’t change wen suffixes ar added or compounds ar bilt, if it is not misleeding for pronunciation or stress. die>di>dier, dye-dy-dyed-dyer, coppycoppyd- coppys-coppyer. Happiness not happyness, acommodate [stress on -omm], but acomodation not acommodation [stress shifts to the a in acomodation].

e) The spelling of propper names, abreeviations & acronyms is not alterd. Languages as adjectivs, & weekdays, may be ritten without capitalizing: England, english, monday.


[1] Cut redundant letters & apostrofes. Cut silent vowls & consonants [friend>frend, except>exept, greater>grater, follow>follo], & dubbled consonants in unstressd sillables if not misleading for pronunciation; occasion>ocasion, but not gall>gal. Cut apostrofes optionaly: cant, didnt, dont, dusnt, havnt, oclok. But I’d I’m, u’r to conserv pronunciation.

“The respelling must cleerly represent the corect pronunciation of the word, acording to TS patterns.”

Notes on s & c uses: Like TS, HS uses s as unvoiced wen initial [sit] or folloing c, f, k, p, t. The HS interpretation re s-ss is that dubble s within a word must be retaind, eeven after a shwa sillable, in order to avoid its being mispronounced as z: assume, assert, amassd, depression.

The final e is dropd by HS on words with a /z/ voiced-s final sound: caus, becaus. The exeptions in TS: [bus, circus, this, thus, us], ar not considderd by HS to be a suficient pattern to justify leaving off the dubble in careless, kindness, dress, express. The hope seems to be to change eventualy to becuz or sumthing simmilar & drop the s.

The HS assumption is that s between 2 vowls wil be pronounced like z unless it is dubbled. However HS dus not ad a dubble to the words wich in TS ar exeptions: disinterested, isolation, usurpation. HS accepts the TS rule of c being soft befor i or e, otherwise hard. It accepts both the soft -ce & soft -se spellings in TS [service, house] without change.

Shwas folloing a consonant and preceeding L or R + vowel can be cut, but optionaly also kept, eg travling, evry, vowl (or travveling, evvery, vowel).

“OUGHT” WITH /O:/ BECUMS “AUT”, EG BAUT. In case of dout wich letter to cut, use folloing moddels: acnollege, ambigguus, concius, lak (not lac), marrage, mountan, adolessence [cut c then dubble s].

Examples: acuse, atemt, basicly, befor, bom, caracter, choos, colide, discussd, exept, finaly, hav, hed, hole [whole], mesure, rekless (not rekles), tho, thru, u, wen (optionaly when), wer, vicius. Examples of cases with no cuts: could, should, call, future, house, pull, pressure, service, teemmate, unnatural, who, quik not qik, guide not gide. After a final single long o, insert E befor a consonant suffix: i no, he noes, sno-snoed, veeto-veetoes, groeth. Dont insert E befor a vowl: radio-radios, rodeo-rodeos, goesgoing. Dont ad or change vowls to reggularize pronunciation of long i, o, u; no change in child, most, post, ghost [leave h to avoid mispronunciation], truth. E may optionaly be inserted after final long y: replies or replyes, but not wen a vowl preceeds final y: payd not payed.

[2] Short vowels carrying primary stress: use a, e, i, o, u, with traditional English spellings (TS) and use conventional dubbled consonants to avoid the magic E efect. Eg: cum-cumming, continnual, hed-hedded, litterary, mith, wimmen, yot. Levling, litrature, sibling, travling dont need dubbling but trubbling dus, because u within a word is usualy long. Exeption: spel ugly not uggly.

Perifferal vowls eg wa-qua-al ar not alterd or regularized: no wach>woch, no qualityquolity, no also>olso, no water>wauter, no broad>braud. Boy-boil, cloud-crowd, paus-laws unchanged. Dont change unstressd vowls; no return>riturn, simmetry but leav symetrical with [unstressd] y.

Do not dubble J, Q, or X (project), before -IC, -ITY, -OGY, or wen dubbling the consonant wud change the sound of the word (vision, not vission, dubble, not duble or dubling).

[3] Stressd long a, i, o in the last sillable: folloed by one consonant or consonant + le, reggularized to magic E formula. Eg sustane, thare, hite, botes. Use ‘ee’ for stressd long /e/, eg kee, leeflet, except in “be, he, me, she, the, we” or befor anuther vowel, eg theater. Leav U sounds unchanged: no fruit>frute, no change in /to-twotoo/.

Examples of unchanged [unstressd] final open vowls [mostly from foren words]: bologna, bon mot, bureau, cabaret, comittee [not comitty], cow, faux pas, macaroni, resumé, tutu. Long vowls other than ee, elseware than in last sillable ar left as in TS. Ex. ancient, citation, idol, pleuresy, protoplasm, robot, sychic, triangle, typology,

[4] /f/ sound is speld “f”. Eg fone, enuf, proffecy. Leev /of/ unchanged.



For more information on spelling reform see

www.spellingsociety.org [an international group]


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