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Spelling is still important

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John Wells, President of the Spelling Society, which campaigns for 'spelling reform', said this week that the ‘apostrophe is a waste of time’, and that there are more important things to do than worry about correct spelling. We disagree with him. There is no convincing argument for poor spelling. To be able to spell is to be able to use the language to its greatest potential, and that is what we should be teaching our children. We are calling on all parents, teachers and other people who are responsible for raising and educating future generations, to sign our petition. This petition will be presented at the Houses of Parliament on 17 November 2008 when we meet with members of parliament on this and other plain English matters.


Plain English Campaign Since 1979, we have been campaigning against gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information. We have helped many government departments and other official organisations with their documents, reports and publications. We believe that everyone should have access to clear and concise information.

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