Be Coz U Can says the home page of the Bucks New University, Britain and be coz our profesr gives us the liberti to misspel any word in English language, v wil!

Without further ado I’ll tell you why I am playing with words, and that too in such an gauche manner. Ken Smith, a lecturer at the Bucks New University in Britain, has said that the most common spelling mistakes made by students should be accepted as variants. This move, he says, will save educationists a lot of hassle since they won’t have to keep correcting the same mistakes. According to him twenty of the most common mistakes such as Febuary, ignore, speech, occurred, their, truly, speech, twelth should be overlooked.

I have both view and a counterview to what he said.


Language purists must be fretting about the statement that Mr. Smith has passed but if we look closely, there is already a difference in spellings of American and British English. We Indians follow Queen’s Rule for English Language i.e. British Rule. So, when we spell colo(u)r, Americans would spell it color. But aren’t both the spelling universally accepted? They are. So, why make such an uproar about bending a few rules for commonly misspelt words? The purpose is to clearly pass the message even if we bend a few rules. At schools we are taught to rhyme “i before” e “except after c” but the question arises is how many remember this rule by the time they go to university?

I remember, last year a student on my website posted the following, though a little annoying for a person like me but he was successful in passing the message:

Read this –

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I

was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the human mnid,

aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it

dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the

olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in

the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can

sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter

by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and

I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt.

So, even if I write like this, um I not pasing ma message rite? Why fret then?

Counter view:

Imagine everyone choosing their own way of spelling the words. It would only lead to a mediocrity in the society where ‘standard’ would be a word of ancestors. I’d agree that the teachers may be facing problem in correcting every single spelling, but aren’t they putting a stop the development of a student? Spelling February as Febuary just because it is phonetically correct doesn’t not help . An article here suggests that Initial Alphabet Training (I.T.A.) was never successfully made mainstream, and later on children had to shift to Traditional Spelling. The text messaging and emails have already added much quirkiness in the language and if we bend more rules, it’s going to increase incompetency among the lot. So, I feel that the solution is to improve the school systems, and add relevant syllabus that can help in improving the standards. Language can’t be static but too many variations would steal the beauty and intelligence from the language.

I’d say English is a Phunny language. Isn’t it? Tee Anyone?

[Fagive me if I have made any speling mistakes]