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The European Commission has just announced an agreement wherebyEnglish will be the official language of the European Union ratherthan German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded thatEnglish spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”. In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this willmake the sivil servants jump with joy.The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear upkonfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when thetroublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words likefotograf 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expektedto reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which havealways ben a deterent to akurate speling.Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languagis disgrasful and it should go away. By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th”with “z” and “w” with “v”. During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary …