The Little Picture: Spelling Reform.

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A contestant awaits the word prompt at last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year's national competition -- held at Washington, D.C.'s Grand Hyatt hotel -- was met with protesters demanding English orthography be phonetic. Our current system, they say, costs "billions in productivity" and makes it more difficult for children to learn to read.

( Flickr / wumpiewoo )

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