Friday, December 16, 2011

The Legacy of 'Look-Say'

Ann Althouse summarizes the plot. Full story here.
Someone carved "sult" on a lady's car, and she had an ex-boyfriend who — twice! — had texted "sult."

When they tracked the man down, police asked him to write "You are a slut," and he wrote "You are a sult."

The guy is obviously a victim of the education industry's insistence in the eighties that written English is not a code substituting particular letter for sounds, but a system of hieroglyphs which one must learn to recognize on sight. The look-say people, to this day, insist that English is not a perfectly-phonetic language and that their methods are still valid. And I suppose they have a point. After all, the word "slut" could be spelled s-l-u-t or . . . s-l-a?-t? No, that would be slat. Come to think of it, there's no other possible combination of letters that would produce the word "slut".

I guess we're left with the conclusion that the look-say method of teaching reading leads to better law enforcement.

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