Why do our spellings have fewer letters than other countries like Britain?

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  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    I presume it's because America's patriots did not want to be thought of as British after they became a republic. English was the common language in all the former colonies.  The U.S. could not devise a completely new language and have all Americans learn it, so they Americanized the language they shared.  Noah Webster was one of those who did so by writing and publishing a dictionary to be used by American schools. He probably dropped the "u". 

    Later, Americans dropped other letters to show that the US is fast and efficient. Donut is easier to spell and take less time to write than Doughnut (Was it ever Doughnaught?)  Some Americans were passionate about simplified spelling.  Melvil Dewey had much better success with his library cataloguing (cataloging) and classification systems than with promoting his version of simplified spelling. (I wonder why he did not simplify his last name as well as his first.)

    Anyway, if you search Wikipedia for Noah and Melvil,  and the internet for simplified spelling or American English -- History you will probably find a lot of information about it.

  • 1 month ago

    Because they have to accommodate that funny accent some way.

  • 'cause  we  can't  even  spell  shorter  words … htf  can  we  spell  longer  words?

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