Friday, June 4, 2010

Spelling Bee Protests

They can't be serious.
People are out there protesting the National Spelling Bee?

Their message: Simplify the way we spell words.

So we are supposed to dumb down our language because these folks say English is too hard and we have too many spelling rules?

Roberta Mahoney, 81, a former Fairfax County, Va. elementary school principal, said the current language obstructs 40 percent of the population from learning how to read, write and spell.

"Our alphabet has 425-plus ways of putting words together in illogical ways," Mahoney said.

The protesting cohort distributed pins to willing passers-by with their logo, "Enuf is enuf. Enough is too much."

According to literature distributed by the group, it makes more sense for "fruit" to be spelled as "froot," "slow" should be "slo," and "heifer" — a word spelled correctly during the first oral round of the bee Thursday by Texas competitor Ramesh Ghanta — should be "hefer."

Yeah , maybe we ought to eliminate verb conjugation as well.. it is just too hard to remember all those pesky tenses.

To make communication easier why don't we just grunt at each other or send real short Twitter and text messages.

It's amazing that we work so hard to pay the pensions for these so called "educators".