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Submitted by Richard Pelland on February 24, 2022, at 12:50

A better way? I don't think Webster's modifications to English spelling were meant to improve the language inasmuch as they were meant to make American a separate language. Moreover, in Canada, where the influence of French is prominent, it makes sense to spell centre, theatre and litre the same way as the British. I also like that we maintain a distinction between the verbs to practise and to license and their nouns practice and licence. It reinforces our basic understanding of grammar. Last, I am not convinced with the article's assertion that all Canadians spell organise and realise with a zed.