Preface: I knew I'd be able to recycle my lengthy answer one day.
This is copied, almost verbatim, from a previous answer I gave a few days ago. I can only say that in my opinion people would just as likely continue misspelling despite the noble aims of the spelling reforms below.
The short answer to Spatz's question is an emphatic, yes!
- Cut Spelling In the 1970s the Australian psychologist Valerie Yule found that many irregular spellings arise from redundant letters. These are letters which mislead because they are not needed to represent the sound of a word. Writers then cannot tell from a word's pronunciation which letters its written form requires, nor where to insert them, while readers are likely to mispronounce unfamiliar words containing them. A group within the Simplified Spelling Society therefore decided to explore which letters are redundant in English, and the effect their removal has on the appearance of the resulting 'cut' text. This Cut Spelling (CS) is now used for the rest of this column and for the next in order to demonstrate that effect.
Esy readng for continuity.
One first notices that one can imediatly read CS quite esily without even noing th rules of th systm. Since most words ar unchanged
and few letrs substituted, one has th impression of norml ritn english
with a lot of od slips, rathr than of a totaly new riting systm. Th
esential cor of words, th letrs that identify them, is rarely afectd,
so that ther is a hy levl of compatbility between th old and new
spelngs. This is esential for th gradul introduction of any spelng
reform, as ther must be no risk of a brekdown of ritn comunication
between th jenrations educated in th old and th new systms. CS
represents not a radicl upheval, but rather a streamlining, a trimng
away of many of those featurs of traditionl english spelng wich
dislocate th smooth opration of th alfabetic principl of regulr
- SaypYu (Fun website by the way!) Wikipedia:The project was launched on 10 December 2012 by Jaber George Jabbour, Director of the Logos Capital Ltd.(UK), who is of Syrian origin, widely travelled and has encountered difficulty pronouncing words spelt in conventional Roman text such as Leicester Square which becomes, in SaypU: Lestɘr skwer.
The Spell As You Pronounce Universally project promotes "the simple universal phonetic alphabet" which is intended to facilitate a quick and convenient writing system for verbally penetrating foreign situations and pronouncing unusual place-names reasonably quickly and accurately.
"We are building a list of words from all languages spelled using a consistent alphabet to make it easier to pronounce foreign words in a truly cosmopolitan world. SaypYu is designed with the hope of becoming the default global alphabet one day.
This is a collaborative crowd-sourced project that is being developed based on users’ contributions. Therefore, for this experiment to succeed, we need your help in adding, correcting and voting on the spelling of words in the database."
In SaypYu spelling:
Wi aar bilding ɘ list ɘv wɘɘrdz frɘm ool langwijiz spelt yuzing ɘ
kɘnsistɘnt alfɘbet tu meyk it iiziɘr tu prɘnawns forin wɘɘrdz in ɘ
truuli kozmɘpolitɘn wɘɘrld. SaypYu iz dizaynd widh dhɘ howp ɘv
bikɘming dhɘ difoolt glowbɘl alfɘbet wɘn dey
Dhis iz ɘ kɘlabɘrɘtiv krawd-soorst projekt dhat iz biing divelɘpt beyst on yuzɘrz’ kontribyushnz. Dherfoor, foor dhis iksperimɘnt tu sɘksiid, wi niid yor help in ading, kɘrekting and vowting on dhɘ speling ɘv wɘɘrdz in dhɘ deytɘbeys
- SoundSpel is an English language spelling reform proposal. Its origins date back to 1910. SoundSpel has been endorsed by the American Literacy Council because English speakers can easily read it
Example of SoundSpel spelling:
The Star by Herbert George Wells
It was on the ferst dae of the nue yeer the anounsment was maed,
allmoest siemultaeniusly frum three obzervatorys, that the moeshun of
the planet Neptune, the outermoest of all planets that wheel about the
Sun, had becum verry erratic. A retardaeshun in its velosity had bin
suspected in Desember. Then a faent, remoet spek of liet was discuverd
in the reejon of the perterbd planet. At ferst this did not cauz eny
verry graet exsietment. Sieentific peepl, however, found the
intelijens remarkabl enuf, eeven befor it becaem noen that the nue
body was rapidly groeing larjer and brieter, and that its moeshun was
qiet different frum the orderly progres of the planets