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October 31, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(18):1095. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490370037007

There is a certain formula in use by the British reviewer of American books that reads something like this: "The English reader will, of course, be offended by the eccentricities of spelling affected by our transatlantic confrères," or something to that effect. It is interesting, therefore, in this connection to note a comment by the editor of one of our British contemporaries1 which in a way criticises the spirit of conservatism in regard to all suggestions toward a simplification of the orthography of the language. It has its little fling, saying that "our American cousins, having no history and possessing no proprietary right to the language, being, in fact, only lodgers, so to speak, display no sort of reluctance to tamper with the ridiculous redundancies which our forefathers have bequeathed to us, and which our schoolmasters persist in maintaining to the discomfiture of the scholars and the curtailment of

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