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  • "I Love Awfully Bad Writing", by James Clarke

    by James Clark

    I Love Awfully Bad Writing
    I love awfully bad writing. Indeed I can say (with all due modesty) that I am quite good at it myself. This might explain why I am fascinated by the annual Bulwyer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the worst opening to a novel.
    Every year since 1984 San Jose State (...)

  • "A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling", by Mark Twain

    by Mark Twain

    An interesting contribution to the debate about spelling reform, from the author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
    A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling
    For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer (...)