language variant subtag en-cutspell

Doug Ewell dewell at
Fri Jul 14 16:52:31 CEST 2006

Joze Fabcic <joze dot fabcic at hermes dot si> wrote:

> I've got the following estimate
> ... Cut spelling was used by about ten people at one time. It still 
> forms the base for house stile and interspel. Chris Upward wrote many 
> articles and most were written in cut spelling so there are quite a 
> few examples. (upward). House stile is used by 
> about 30 peeple but thare is no site whare House Stile is required or 
> is the default notation.  ...

Thanks for gathering this information.  I hope you don't mind a 
follow-up question.

Let's assume Cut Spelling is still used by about 10 people, or perhaps 
even more.  Is it intended to communicate the proposed variant subtag to 
these 10 people, so that they can begin tagging documents accordingly? 
Or is the primary intent still to use this as an experiment or 

I would suggest that although House Stile—the most reasonable 
simplified-spelling system I have ever seen, BTW—may be based on Cut 
Spelling, it is not Cut Spelling (any more than Italian is Latin) and it 
would not be appropriate to tag it as such.  I would also suggest that 
10 people is probably more than the number of people who currently speak 
Boontling (as opposed to "speak English with an occasional Boontling 
word added for color").

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA

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