Mi hart aeks, and a drouzy numnes paens

Mi sens, as tho of hemlok I had drunk,

Or emptyd sum dul oepiaet to the draens

Wun minit past, and Lethe-wards had sunk. …

The opening lines of Keats's 'Ode on a Nightingale' in SoundSpel, the simplified spelling system promoted by Ed Rondthaler, who just died at the age of 104.


  1. And if you enjoy reading about him, then you've really got to see this excellent short video of Mr. Rondthaler's low-tech PowerPoint-style pitch for spelling reform, shot when he was 102. The big finish alone is worth the price of admission:


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