102 yr. old man walks us through English’s crazy spelling (video)

102 year old Ed Ronthaler walks us through the various crazy ways that the English language spells every word wrong.   (All you foreigners out there will love this, or hate it as the case may be :)

For example, pronounce: comb; tomb; and bomb.


It really is an amazing video, particularly because you find out at the very end that the man was 102 years old when this was shot in 2008.

Ronthaler passed away two years later at the age of 104. Amazing.

Here’s more on the video from Vimeo¬†from Bob Smartner, then the video follows:

Although suffering from a late Autumn cold, the always gracious Ed Rondthaler spent a day with us and our film crew on a rainy, cold November afternoon.

Framed by the muted surroundings of his Croton-on-Hudson Sears-and-Roebuck-kit log house that he purchased from a Naval Commander in 1938, Ed talked about his years running Photo-Lettering Inc. and the surrounding developments with remarkable precision and clarity.

A lifetime proponent of spelling reform, Ed was gracious enough to state a compelling case with a well worn flip chart.

Ed would live on another two years before finally giving way to the Twenty-First Century at the ripe young age of 104. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to Ed Rondthaler for his time and effort in helping us preserve the Photo-Lettering legacy, but we hope to perpetuate his passion for spelling reform by showing this short film.

Ed Rondthaler on English spelling from Bob Smartner on Vimeo.

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