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 Sound-Write Example Number Five.

Would simplified spelling obsolete all the books in the library making it impossible for the next generation to read and appreciate our English language heritage?

If suddenly all magazines and books were written with a consistent spelling notation, might the older english writings - from the 1990s and until now - seem impossible to read?

They might feel like we do when we try to read Chaucer from the 1380s.

True, Chaucer's writings look like this:

Now, sire, quod he, han freres swich a grace
That noon of hem shal come to this place?
Yis, quod this aungel, many a millioun!
And unto sathanas he ladde hym doun.
--And now hath sathanas,--seith he,--a tayl He said,
Brodder than of a carryk is the sayl.
Hold up thy tayl, thou sathanas!--quod he;

However, if you can read the letter below, then the circle of English readers would surely increase if the letters of our alphabet were used consistently. The reading public would be able to read both old and new styles.

Written in simplified SoundSpel, if logic prevails, you'll probably agree that many non-reading persons would find it much simpler to begin to read if consonants and vowels were used consistently throughout our dictionaries and writings.