English Words

At Stanford University, linguists wrote a program that would attempt to spell 17,000 English words by following common rules of spelling plus the exceptions to the rules. Three hundred and eight rules emerged. But the exception lists became too large to continue the project. Only one rule had no exception – there is no English word that ends in “V.”

The WordsWorth Literacy Programme has 20 rules that apply to thousands of words, so in the words of Stephen Fry who is a celebrant at the altar of language…… “Stick that in your tantric pipe and smoke it Mr Sting!”

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