Uninspired spelling

May 10, 1996

Always priding itself as a source of wit, vitality and new ideas, the Cambridge Union has taken up the neglected cause of spelling reform.

This term's programme includes such imaginative coinages as misogonist, rebellios, contraversial, authour, parlimentary and - with some appropriateness - inaccuratley and accuratley.

One of this term's lectures is to be delivered by a chap variously billed as Bob Whittaker or Bob Wittaker.

Nice to know that whatever increased access is alleged to have done to literacy in some parts of higher education, you can count on the ancient, privileged and well-heeled sectors to maintain standards.

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