Spanish Alphabet Losing 2 Letters
I think that simplified spelling and grammar is a great thing. I can also see how some people could have a problem with accepting the edict of the Royal Spanish Academy.
What I can’t stand, is seeing the illiterate, uneducated, demagogue Hugo Chavez being quoted, like he is some kind of mother truckin authority on the Spanish language.
The Royal Spanish Academy is lopping two letters off the Spanish alphabet, reducing it to 27. Out go “ch” and “ll,” along with lots of annoying accents and hyphens.
The simplified spelling from the academy, a musty Madrid institution that is the chief arbiter of all things grammatical, should be welcome news to the world’s 450 million Spanish-speakers, not to mention anybody struggling to learn or translate the language.
But no. Everyone, it seems, has a bone to pick with the academy — starting with President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
If the academy no longer considers “ch” a separate letter, Mr. Chávez chortled to his cabinet, then he would henceforth be known simply as “Ávez.” (In fact, his name will stay the same, though his place in the alphabetic order will change, because “ch” used to be the letter after “c.”)
An editorial in the Mexican daily El Universal declared the new rules to be an affront to the national identity: “Spelling is not just an imposition; it serves to maintain a minimum of coherence and sense to what is written and said. Can this be dictated from a conference room abroad? A country that is proudly independent would not accept this.”
The editorial went on to ask, “Would the United States accept dictates from England over the use of English?”