J.J.

78 days ago

Spoiler: the arrival of the printing press — and the skilled workers who operated the presses.

Why is the English spelling system so weird and inconsistent?

aeon.co

English spelling is ridiculous. Sew and new don’t rhyme. Kernel and colonel do. When you see an ough, you might need to read it out as ‘aw’ (thought), ‘ow’ (drought), ‘uff’ (tough), ‘off’ (cough), ‘oo’ (through), or ‘oh’ (though).