Let’s turn away from the English language in general in this thread.
I don’t know if anyone of you knows what is happening right now in Germany with our German language. Probably not too many of you, I suppose.
Well, about 6 years ago some German “scientists” tried to reform our language by making our spelling easier. That included different spellings for words that weren’t considered very hard to write by many people. But they changed it anyway. The new regulations demanded to omit commas where those useful little thingies were needed (if one did not want to destroy the flow of the sentence). OK, I admit that some of the new rules are easier to learn for little kids who just begin to learn the language, but for all the others who grew up with the “old” German language, it is very hard to not make mistakes. Very few people even know all the new rules and very frequently even teachers are suprised that they do not know what is right or wrong.
OK, that’s the story.
Last Thursday, 2 big printing companies agreed on reintroducing the old spelling to all their magazines, newspapers and other publishings and thus caused a new debate in Germany. Now a lot of people try to get the old spelling back and others try to defend the new rules.
I don’t really know what to make of that since I really favour the old rules (hey, it was possible for 65 million people to learn them…why should kids nowadays not be able to keep them in their minds ?!).
Now my question: Has anything like that ever happened in one of your countries and what position would you take if you could decide whether or not to get rid of the new rules and reintroduce the old ones.
I am really curious to know what you think…