For some years now I’ve been amusing myself by planning exactly what I would try in the way of “spelling reform” if I woke up one morning and found that the Revolutionary Stalinist-Linguist Party had mounted a coup and appointed me as World Dictator. Details of my proposal for a Revolting Orthography (modestly entitled Romanised English) are unlikely ever to become available; for now I want to get it clearly established exactly how mad this scheme is. The problems with our current system are sufficiently well-known that I feel no need to rehearse them all here; and people have been protesting about the situation for centuries. So just what is wrong with the idea of switching to something better? Anti-reformists come in thirteen basic flavours, with arguments summarisable as follows.
As I said in the MetaFilter post where I first saw it, “it’s the best thing I’ve ever seen on the subject, comprehensive, knowledgeable, and funny.” That was a couple of years ago; I’m not sure why I didn’t blog it then, but thanks to a comment by David Marjanović in this thread, I’m doing so now. Enjoy!